Green Gift Wrapping Ideas for the Holidays

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!

NEW 2-Sided Holiday Photo Cards have Arrived!

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.

New Holiday Photo Cards have Arrived!

Posted by rene.bross on 5. September 2011 12:11

We are so excited about our New Holiday Photo Cards for 2011!! Here are just a few of our favorite designs. You can check out all our designs and choose your favorite for this holiday season here. As with all of our cards these holiday cards are printed eco-friendly on 100% recycled, FSC certified, matte card stock and arrive with 100% recycled, white envelopes. Green your holiday with eco-friendly holiday photo cards from My Good Greetings!

 

Ahoy- A New Little Sailor's Arrived!

Posted by rene.bross on 10. August 2011 09:22

If a new little sailor has just joined your family, announce it in nautical style with one of our new Nautical Themed Birth Announcements. Not only are these announcements ultra fashionable but also printed eco-friendly on 100% recycled, FSC certified, matte card stock and arrive with 100% recycled white envelopes. Stylish and "green" - what could be better than that? Check out all our gorgeous boy birth announcements here.

Eco Friendly Green Baby Shower Ideas

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

New Invitation of the Week- Hawaiian Luau Party!

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!

 

Summer Party Invite Sale - Save 15% on any order over $49 with code: SUMMER15

Posted by rene.bross on 4. June 2011 16:16

Summer fun party planning is underway with Family Reunions, BBQ's, Fourth of July, Swim Parties and more. Through the month of June get 15% off any order over $49 with promo code: SUMMER15 at MyGoodGreetings. Start your Summer Party off right with a festive invitation printed eco-friendly on 100% recycled, FSC Certified paper and 100% recycled envelopes. Check out a sampling of our Summer Fun party invitations...

Family Picnic BBQ Party Inspiration Board

Posted by rene.bross on 31. March 2011 18:23

A warm summer breeze, drinks chilled on ice, the smell of hamburgers cooking on the grill, potato sack races and the friendly faces of family and friends-- An outdoors Family Picnic, BBQ Party or Family Reunion brings all these thoughts to mind. A casual outdoor event doesn't have to mean uninspired paper towels, plastic silverware and paper plates. Start with red and white checkered fabric for the tables. Collected small glass jars such as iced coffee jars make great table vases or glasses for lemonade. Aluminium cans with a ribbon or raffia tied around them also make darling vases to hold tiny daisys or wildflowers. Use gathered real table ware- rather than plastic. Mix and match fabric napkins can replace paper napkins to reduce the amount of garbage at the end of the day. Be sure to have a basket clearly marked on hand for used tableware and napkins to be gathered after the event. The following photo inspiration board may spark some ideas for your next Family BBQ or Picnic Event.

Credits: Clockwise from top left: 4th of July Picnic Table: Cote' Wedding Events, Daisys in Aluminium cans: The Party Dress, Ant Cupcakes: Hostess with the Mostess, Picnic Cake: Bridal Buds, Picnic Table with Wine: Cater-Hater, Iced-Tea Glass Jars: Brilliant Bash, Picnic Family Reunion Invitations: My Good Greetings

How to Green Your Move

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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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!
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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).
  7. Lastly be sure to purchse Moving Announcements printed on 100% recycled paper stock with 100% recycled envelopes.

 

Furoshiki –How to Green your Gift Wrapping- Beautifully!

Posted by rene.bross on 23. March 2011 09:36

One trend we’re seeing more and more on our customized shower invitations at My Good Greetings is the request for unwrapped gifts or eco-friendly gift wrapping. I always wonder if those party guests who are eco-friendly challenged stumble over this request. It may seem awkward and abrupt to bring an unwrapped toaster and toss it on the gift table. And let's face it-- gift wrap can be so pretty. There’s something very exciting about seeing a table full of beautifully wrapped presents. But at the end of the day- it really is a complete waste of paper and trees.

One solution is Furoshiki- gift wrapping with a Japanese wrapping cloth. Charissa at TheGiftedBlog.com shares some beautiful samples of this beautiful Japanese art of gift wrapping. She also offers step-by-step instructions on how to create some beautiful wrap designs. Japanese wrapping cloths can be purchased, but if they are hard to find in your area, I’m thinking a beautiful scarf or large square of fabric- edges finished- would do the trick as well. A square tablecloth might work well for a larger gift and the best part- the wrap becomes an additional present—no wrapping waste!

Namitha in India also gives a very detailed instructions and tips on her blog Ephemera Studio


photo: TheGiftedBlog