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.

Cards

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. 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!

Envelopes

Our 100% recycled kraft envelopes are made in the UK and are also completely recyclable. We opted for a slightly lighter paper weight than the average envelope, saving resources, while it’s ribbed effect still gives it a substantial look and feel.

Inks/Finishes

 

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!

Tree Planting

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.

Seed Tokens

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. Learn more about our tokens and other ways you can help here.