An interest of mine treading close to obsession: products made from recycled paper and cardboard. It started in earnest with all things stationery, and is blossoming into general infatuation with the whole design potential of this wonderfully versatile medium. For example, I utterly adore this chair, below, made by designer Sarah Mouchot under her cardboard-loving label Bibi Carton. Anyhow, in trying not to get too carried away, today’s post shares some designs made with this most abundant of post-consumer resources, in the theme of festive gifting.
Ben, cardboard chair by Bibi Carton. What's not to want?
Natural, 100% recycled paper card stock is the all the rage, yo. And right now, I’m pretending to be your loving conscience, prodding you to not leave getting these things ’til the last minute. I’m talking about cards, gift tags, wrapping papers and er, ‘stocking fillers’. (Do people really still do that? let’s collectively call them ‘delightful finishing touches’.) Actually, I’m nagging you to order online now, if you’re thinking about it. Nag nag, do it. Order. Time is of the essence, children. Here are my picks.
Earth Greetings, with Inaluxe.
Earth Greetings have teamed up with designers Kristina Sostarko and Jason Odd, from Inaluxe. But don’t just ask us, State of Green have ALL the info, and are selling them online. They’re also available in-store at Green Collective, or from Earth Greetings‘ online store, direct. Options abound! Cards are $5.95 each or in super-value packs, $14.95 for 10. I’m in looooove with the wrapping paper though, $5.95 per sheet. Never mind the presents, I’d buy this for myself as a wall print. Hmm. Now that’s an idea!
Inaluxe wrapping paper and card design, from Earth Greetings.
If you wanted the actual Christmas themed cards from Earth Greetings, you’d also be sponsoring a tree planted through Trees for Life. $14.95 for a pack of 10. The gift tags come in the same 5 designs, $6.95 for a pack of 10. The safe bet.
Earth Greetings Christmas gift tags and card set.
Velvet Lyric, on Etsy.
These cute gumnut inspired cards come also come with colour coordinated holly & ivy gift tags. Designed by Elizabeth Dansie, an interior designer turned experimental stationer, these cards are just one bright pick from her well-sized range. Cards, $4 each available via Etsy. Gift tags, available from Green Collective.
Velvet Lyric cards & gift tags by Elizabeth Dansie. Doily cards by Kyrie Kohlhagen.
Messagemark, with Kyrie Kohlhagen.
Designed by Adelaide-based artist Kyrie Kohlhagen, Christmas doily message cards are chlorine free, and the whole process adopts a closed loop ethos, where by-products of the papermaking & printing process are reused and recycled. Available via Passionfroot.com at $20 for a pack of 10.
Left: Skye's the limit gift tags and right: Ask alice notebook.
Skye’s the limit gift tags.
Made with heavyweight card and natural string, by Sydney designer Skye Rogers. Packs contain 3 different styles. Available via Notemaker, $9.50 for 12. Simple & classy.
Ask alice also adopt a closed-loop practice, expending as low carbon miles as possible – or should we say kilometres? All materials are sourced within a 5km radius of production in Melbourne. Founder and designer Sass Cocker is quite serious about ethical business and sustainability. This 48 page notebook is a perfectly good value gift at $6.95. The range is available online through NoteMaker or try here for stockists.