Friday, August 7, 2009

Positively Green

When it comes to choosing the most environmentally friendly products, there are quite a few shades to pick from. Reusable shopping bags are a great example. Some are made in China from recycled materials, others domestically with fair trade organic cotton, and my personal favorites are mailed in return for a donation to the WWF. As long as they aren't collecting dust, any reusable is a better option than disposable plastic but unfortunately none are the solution to our environmental woes. What I am trying to say is - it isn't just about the bag. It's about making conscious decisions to take the greener path. We can't stop consumption all together but we can try and keep our bags half full and be mindful in our purchases. If you do want to purchase a "want" as opposed to a "need," perhaps it's worth doing a little research and seeing if it's available in a deep shade of green. Which brings me to the purpose of this post: Positively Green Cards.

I love sending cards. I'm sure the carbon footprint of a card is greater than that of an email but some sort of cognitive dissonance allows me to slap on that postage with pride. So what's a USPS-utilizer to do? Find the greenest greeting cards!

Each of Positively Green's cards offers an inspirational quote, chic design, an environmental tip, and reminds the purchaser that 10% of the profits from the card are donated to organizations that protect the environment and fight global warming. The company is Forest Steward Council certified 100% recycled stock and printed with soy ink. Read more about them here and find them at your local Wild Birds Unlimited or online here.

A few of my favorites say:

"I felt it shelter to speak to you." - Emily Dickinson
"Go ahead and cry. I'll catch your tears." - Jileen Russell
"You are one of my nicest thoughts." - Georgia O'Keefe


Niko said...

I have to admit, that i have in the past tended to purchase things that i wanted more than i needed, but in recent times i too have started to look at a greener way of life...but what a novel idea with the whole donations from green cards idea...I always just looked for any card that said what i could'nt, but after reading your thoughts maybe its what is not written thats more important and furthermore the actions that are more important.

Deborah said...

The most real things in life can't be seen, you know? Expressions of them can, but the real things aren't things.