Most greeting cards are made in the same way: millions are printed overseas and shipped worldwide
There are three problems with this:
In a 2020 report, the Chinese paper industry was identified as a “highly polluting industrial sector and one of the main sources of pollution in the country. In 2015, wastewater emissions from China’s paper industry amounted to 2.367 billion tons and represented 13% of the total industrial wastewater emissions”
Once cards are made, they have to be packaged and shipped great distances. The SEA-Case project has found that “shipping generates circa 2.5% of global emissions (about the same as the aviation sector), and … will contribute 17% of global emissions by 2050”
Because greeting cards are so cheap to make, if a certain card design doesn’t sell, it is simply discarded and counted as an expense for the company – making all the shipping and printing take place for nothing.
All our cards are printed on demand, in the same country they’re delivered.
This ensures our cards are more sustainable in three important ways:
While all the countries we work in have great environmental regulations, our printers go above and beyond: offsetting all power with local carbon credits, printing with vegetable-based inks and recycling over 99% of their paper waste.
Fast, local delivery
Because we print locally, our delivery has a much smaller carbon footprint and require less protective packaging. Our courier bags are made from recycled, biodegradable plastic and we’re currently working on phasing out plastic ‘card slips’ altogether.
Because we only print once someone has ordered, our cards never go unused. In the chance there is a printing mix-up or returned card, we offer these for sale in the ‘offcuts’ section. We even work on a similar model with our wholesale clients, albeit not one card at a time.
Want not, waste not.
All our cards are printed on demand. To reduce waste, we balance the amount of cards we print in a batch with sending them out as quickly as possible.
Depending on when you order (see printing schedule below) it will take between 2-7 business days to receive your card (more for rural addresses).
Next printing dates
Our next print runs are for Father's Day:
All cards ordered before these dates will arrive for Father's Day and are covered under our Double Satisfaction Guarantee.