Green Ethos

Eco Papers

With the exception of signage, all my wedding stationery is printed in house and I use a mix of 3 beautiful eco-friendly papers; for printing I offer a choice of premium white recycled card stock or plantable seed paper and I use recycled Kraft envelopes as standard.

This 280gsm white card stock is 100% recycled although you would never know it. It has a gorgeous deckled texture, a luxurious feel and it supports the highest quality print result. This recycled paper has a lower impact on our planet in several ways; it not only saves deforestation but it uses approx 50% less energy to produce compared to new paper and the process of recycling emits fewer carbon emissions. Carbon is retained inside the paper when it is recycled rather than being released when incinerated or broken down in landfill sites. Win win really.

The plantable seed paper that I use is actually completely tree-free! It should also really be called ‘seed card’ as at 260gsm it has a weight more in common with a card stock. It is handmade using traditional techniques, from 100% pre-consumer waste cotton (which is completely biodegradable) it is then embedded with seeds and air dried to give the embedded seeds the best chance to germinate. The paper includes a lovely mix of Sweet Alyssum, Common Poppy and Black Eyed Susan – these varieties have all been named by the RHS as ‘Plants for Pollinators’, because they are rich in nectar – attracting butterflies, bumble bees and other insects. And they really do!

Seed paper designs work best when the texture of the paper is allowed to shine through. I will always avoid printing blocks of single colours onto seed paper as the uneven texture leads to a patchy results, for this reason RSVP cards are printed exclusively on to recycled card. Seed paper products; invitations, service booklets, menus, timelines and name cards will always include planting instructions on the reverse so your guests know exactly how to grow them. For full instructions and to see the paper growing please see Seed Paper Planting guide here

I offer 100% recycled Kraft envelopes as standard with all my invitation ranges. If you prefer the aesthetic of a coloured envelope, I have handpicked a selection of various shades which work well with my designs from the GFSmith Colorplan range – these papers are also sustainable, they have an FSC accreditation meaning the paper has been produced and harvested in a responsible manner.

Coloured FSC envelopes are provided at an additional cost detailed in the price list.

Plastic-free Packaging

When you receive your order – be sure to place the packaging in your paper recycling because everything included in and on the box is 100% recyclable; no bubble wrap or polystyrene in sight here! Just cardboard boxes, paper mail bags, recycled tissue paper and paper tape. I will often also reuse packing paper I receive from my own environmentally conscious suppliers and have begun shredding offcuts of seed paper to create padding as it just seems too good to put in the recycling… Grow it if you can!

Green Production Practices

Within the production of your stationery every effort has been made to keep wastage to a minimum. Any off cuts or waste printed paper is in turn recycled and I also recycle all my Canon ink cartridges for the benefit of a local charity. Canon purport that 97% of each ink cartridge is recycled into other products.

Carbon Positive

I am proud to say that Laura Likes is carbon positive! Ecologi have calculated the carbon footprint of the business and not only plant trees in my name every month across the world and in the UK, but also fund world-leading climate change solutions to, more than, offset my impact. It’s nice to think of the Laura Likes forest growing as my business does!

The cultivation of new mangroves in Madagascar