Posted by rene.bross on 13. November 2011 14:36
Buying all that disposable wrapping paper during the holidays is not only expensive, but takes a toll on our landfill and the environment. Just think of all that trash that is gathered up late Christmas morning after all the presents have been unwrapped. Wrapping paper from holiday gifts is largely to blame for a 25 percent spike in curbside trash volume between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day, according to the EPA. Fortunately, there are pretty and festive alternatives to paper wrapping.
GreenGiftWrapping.com offers pre-sized fabric wraps that assemble easily with the pull of a ribbon. The fabric wraps can be re-used dozens of times and can even be laundered if necessary. Japanese Furoshiki is a beautiful way to wrap a gift and the wrap actually is a gift in and of itself. Learn the art of Furoshiki here. For an extra shiny effect and a different twist on recycled paper, recycled aluminum foil adds shiny happiness. Tie on some colorful raffia or a reusable fabric ribbon to finish the look or tie on a compact flourescent bulb instead of a bow. Decorate your packages with found elements in your backyard such as pine cones, pine sprigs, berries or other greenery. If you still want to go the paper gift wrap route, make sure it's made of 100% recycled paper and printed with soy-based inks. With these tips, cutting down on holiday waste should be easy- now if we can only get the toy manufacturers to do the same!
Posted by rene.bross on 5. November 2011 12:57
We' are so excited to release our new and fabulous 2-sided Holiday Photo Card designs for 2011. These fun and festive photo cards feature personalization on both sides of the card. Some have photos featured on both sides for even more memory sharing! As with all our cards, these new designs are printed eco-frienldy on 100% recycled, matte card stock and come with 100% recycled white envelopes. Make an impression this holiday season.. Check out all of our 2011 Holiday Card Designs here.
Posted by rene.bross on 24. June 2011 08:46
Introducing your newborn to an eco-friendly lifestyle starts well before they are actually born. And hosting a green baby shower doesn't have to be daunting. It can actually be very fun and creative with many fun decorating ideas drawn from mother earth. Start with a party invitation printed on 100% recycled paper with 100% recycled envelopes such as the Eco Friendly Garden Shower Invite from My Good Greetings. Be sure to add a note asking guests to forego traditional gift wrap.
Think as green as possible for party decorations utilizing recycled papers and greenery from the yard. Forget the disposable plates and utensils and break out your good china instead. Don't have a china set? Don't worry, think about borrowing pieces from friends or other hosts. Mix and matched china can make a unique and beautiful tablescape. Use potted flowers as table decorations and then give them away as party favors. Tree sapplings potted in reusable glass jars with a name tag make for great place settings and each guest can plant them later in babies name. Sachets of burlap tied with raffia and filled with wildflower seeds also make great favors. Encourage cloth diapers as gifts or collect donations for a month or two of diaper service.
Buy local produce and ingredients as much as possible. A visit to your local farmer's market may inspire more green ideas as well. Be sure to talk with the vendors- they often have wonderful ideas. And when the festivities are over be sure to recycle as much as possible and compost the food scraps. Set up easy to spot recycle bins for guests to use. We hope the following collage board inspires your next green party event. Be sure to read the photo credits which will lead to more wonderful ideas.
Photo Credits clockwise from upper left: Diaper Cake: A Birdie Told Me, Eco Friendly Garden Baby Shower Invitation: My Good Greetings, Green Cupcakes: Baby Shower Food, Footprint Hand-held Fan with Seed Circle: Good Day Asheville, Mason Jar Greenery: Hey Now Whoa Now
Posted by rene.bross on 21. June 2011 09:53
Looking for a guaranteed fun Summer Party theme? Consider a Summer Luau Party- complete with coconut drink cups, pineapple, grass skirts and lots of hibiscus flowers. Our new Hawaiian Luau Party Invitation will start your party theme off perfectly and it's eco-friendly too printed on 100% recycled, FSC certified, matte card stock and comes with 100% recycled white envelopes. Aloha!
Posted by rene.bross on 29. March 2011 14:54
You recycle whenever you can, you carry a reusable water bottle, you compost as much as possible, but when it comes to having to move, how can you make it green among the never-ending cardboard boxes and bubble wrap? Here are some ways you can make your move greener and be kind to the environment while you move to your new environment.
- Subscribe to the less-is-more way of living. Do you really need all that stuff that’s been stored in your garage for the past several years? Do you even know what’s stored there? I may be less-attached to memorabilia than most, but if I haven’t seen it or thought of it in the past year, odds are that I don’t really need it. Keep this in mind as you go through your stuff and prep it for moving.
- Gid rid of the unwanted stuff before you move. Think about having a garage sale, listing items on Craigslist.org or donate to the GoodWill or other charity. The less you have to move, the less boxes and packing materials you’ll use which translates into being kinder to the environment. And if you're selling your stuff, you'll have some extra cash in your pocket. Perfect for buying that lamp you've been eyeing for your new place!
- When searching for cardboard boxes, look for boxes made of recycled materials or better yet, search out used cardboard boxes. Just make sure they are still in good shape and will be stable enough to move the heavy stuff.
- Consider renting moving boxes and eliminate cardboard boxes altogether. Rentagreenbox.com in southern California rents moving crates made from recycled plastic and instead of bubble pack, uses recycled packing materials that can be used as compost when you’re through- Brilliant! And it’s cheaper than traditional cardboard boxes and bubble wrap! Even more Brilliant! RentACrate.com also rents reuasable plastic crates for commercial or residential moves.
- If using a moving company, seek out environmentally friendly practices. Go Green Moving uses bio-diesel trucks, uses mving pads made of 100% recycled cotton and rents packing crates.
- Cut down on the bubble wrap as much as possible. Use your sheets, bedding, pillows, towels, cloth napkins, tablecloths etc. for wrapping breakables as much as possible. You’ll save money as well. If you need more, use old newspapers- get extra from your neighbors (after they’re done reading it of course).
- Lastly be sure to purchse Moving Announcements printed on 100% recycled paper stock with 100% recycled envelopes.
Posted by rene.bross on 15. March 2011 16:37
For the first time precious Baptism and Christening Announcements and Invitations can be found at My Good Greetings! As with all our cards, these beautiful Christening Announcements are printed eco-friendly on 100% recycled, FSC Certified card stock and ship with 100% recycled envelopes. Choose from a number of dainty designs for your little one's special day. Need something more custom? Just ask customer service, we're always happy to help with your special design needs!
Posted by rene.bross on 13. March 2011 09:27
Due to popular demand we have decided to extend our Baby Shower Invitation SALE one more week! Get 20% OFF your Baby Shower Invitation order with coupon code: GREENSHOWER. Offer is for new orders only and may not be combined with any other offer. Sale ends 3/20/11 at midnight. If you need something more custom or help personalizing the text on your Baby Shower Invitations, just click our live chat button or give us a call at 1-800-658-1547. We're always happy to help! Shop Baby Shower Invitations today!
Posted by Rene.Bross on 13. July 2010 12:51
Curbside composting comes to Spokane, WA this week beginning July 12th. If you live in Spokane and have a green yard waste bin that's picked up weekly by your curbside garbage service, you can now throw food scraps and food soiled paper products- paper towels, pizza boxes, napkins etc. into your green yard waste bin for composting. No you won't get the nutrient-rich dirt for your own garden, but you don't have to foot the expense of an expensive composting bin either. According to the Spokane Regional Solid Waste System, recycling your food scraps could potentially reduce the amount of material you place in your regular curbside garbage bin. You may then be able to "downsize" that cart and save money on your monthly bill! You'll also be saving water and electricity by not using your in-sink disposal unit as much.
For a full list of acceptable and non-acceptable items for your Food Scrap/Yard debris bin click here.
Posted by Rene.Bross on 2. July 2010 14:29
We are thrilled to announce that Bay Area artist/illustrator Ceci Bowman has teamed with My Good Greetings to bring you a variety of new, fun and whimsical party invitations, which are printed on 100% recycled, FSC Certified card stock. Ceci's designs are very unique and superbly stylish, which will give your party that extra flair you're looking for. We especially love Ceci's new Bridal Shower Dance Invitation set! If I received this invite in the mail, I'd RSVP Yes! immediately!
Posted by Rene.Bross on 28. June 2010 19:52
We are so thrilled to present our new line of Luxe Birth Announcements!! Not only are they beautifully designed with a contemporary feel but they are printed on our new softly textured recycled card stock for a rich and luxurious feel. Your beautiful photographs will look better than ever on this high-quality card stock and will make for a namesake birth announcement that will be treasured for years to come. To view our new line of Luxe Birth Announcements click here!