Our Eco Promise
We are a team of environmentalists. We promise to do our best to leave a net positive impact on the planet with 1 Tree Cards. Tree planting, raising awareness of declining bee populations, using 100% recycled card, vegetable based inks and being plastic free are all ways in which we are striving to make this world a better place. If you have any ideas or suggestions on how we can up our eco game, drop us a line, we’re always open to improvement.
Our cards are printed in the UK and made of 100% recycled fully-traceable material from within the EU. No trees are cut down in the making of our cards and we believe using recycled paper/card is important both for businesses and consumers so that our waste has somewhere useful (and beautiful!) to go. At the moment, just 10% of the UK’s paper products come from recycled materials and we want to be part of the change that sees this figure increase. In the past, the EU was shipping most of it’s waste paper to China to be recycled. As they have now restricted the amount we can send, it is even more important for us to find uses for our recycled paper products. To avoid chemical bleaching (which we believe cancels out the benefits of using recycled paper), we have opted for card that is not bright white. Some cards may have tiny flecks that are barely noticeable and add to the natural feel of our cards. All of our cards are also 100% recyclable, so if you don’t want to keep your card, pop it in with your mixed paper waste so it can have yet another new life!
Our 100% recycled kraft envelopes are made in the UK from EU traceable recycled content that is also completely recyclable. Using kraft fleck paper is as eco as you can get as there is no bleaching or dying in the process.
We only use vegetable-based, vegan inks to print our cards and we avoid the use of foil, glitter and other products that make cards un-recyclable. Vegetable based inks are less harmful to the environment than their petroleum based counterparts and being a vegan powered team here at 1 Tree Cards, we avoid the use of any animals or their products.
Compostable Sleeves for Retail
All cards sold on our website direct to customers are naked. We encourage all of our retail partners to also opt for the natural look (by offering a 4% discount) but understand that plastic sleeves are the industry standard so we want to offer an alternative to these. Our biodegradable/compostable display sleeves look just like their plastic, polypropylene counterparts, only they are made with corn and potato starch here in the UK. While these sleeves are not perfect, we believe they are currently the most eco-friendly option on the market; we are amazed at how great they look and so are our retailers!
We plant a tree for every card sold, yep that’s right- you buy a card, we plant a tree. You buy 10 cards, we plant 10 trees! We believe that we should strive to do good at every opportunity, so have tried to make it as easy as possible for us all to create a positive impact on the planet. Charitable organisations have enough work to do on the ground which is why we believe in a new model; one where businesses and consumers work together to fund good causes. When you choose a card with the thought of sending love to a particular person, we strive to amplify that love around the world. Click here to learn more about our tree planting.
Bee populations are declining and this is having a devastating effect on the planet. We believe this is such a crucial time and want to raise awareness by giving people a tangible way to help bees. Each card comes with a seed token that contains a mix of flowers that bees love. Planted in a pot and put in a garden or window setting, these flowers can provide a much needed snack for our buzzy bee friends while they are hard at work pollinating our planet. We get our seed paper custom made from a wonderful company in India who are keeping the art of traditional paper making alive and who have won many awards for their eco practices and for bettering the lives of people in rural areas. We did have to compromise on our air miles by sourcing from India but we believe that, considering the small size of the seed tokens (shipping one small box can deliver ten thousand tokens), the benefits make this worthwhile. We of course plant extra trees to off-set the carbon emissions 🙂
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