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Thursday, June 30, 2011

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Wednesday—Good For You, Good For The Home: Green Cards & More to MOO About

Cool environmentally-friendly paper products that make a positive difference!

31st Anniversary card 
I found these great little cards by at Whole Foods, but they can also be found at Papyrus and Franklin Covey, or you can order online from their website.

10 percent of the profits are donated to Conservation International and Climate Solutions, two environmental organizations dedicated to sharing practical and profitable solutions to global warming.  

The parent company, Compendium, Inc., based in Seattle, has been around since 1985.  They manufacture gift books, journals, stationery, desk accessories and home d├ęcor. Positively Green® is a product line of greeting cards, notebooks, gift wrap and gift tags.  Be sure to check out all 8 of the product lines.

How positively green are they?
I like companies who go all out when it comes to incorporating green methods into their manufacturing process.  Positively Green® uses FSC-certified (Forest Stewardship Council) 100 percent post-consumer waste paper.  The crisp, clean colors are created with soy inks that are printed by a wind-powered press, and the paper is chlorine-free.  Now, that's a serious commitment.  

Plus, they do not print a paper catalog—yay!  Instead, they have a rather wonderful & very well-designed website where all of the product lines can be viewed.  I really like the gift wraps and the Anywhere Notebooks!  How cool are they?  Creative ways to repurpose wrapping paper are printed on the back of each sheet of gift wrap.  Everything is priced reasonably so that buying multiples is affordable.  $3.95 for gift wrap, and $2.95 for a 3"x5" Anywhere Notebook.

Leaving a light footprint
I also like the grown-up, smart style of these products.  They reflect a balanced, positive attitude, and the sentiments aren't too sappy or over-the-top.  I especially like the greeting cards for women, although I must say that they aren't just for women.  The "Garment District" boxed set of blank cards, as well as the "Pressed Leaves" set, are perfectly suitable for guys.  A man who knows how to write an appropriate note these days conveys good manners, modern nobility, and consideration for others.

The Compendium Kids product line has some chic little thank you card kits for kids.  $14.95 for 10 cards, 10 matching envelopes, and 6 sheets of themed stickers.              

Good for Employees, Good for the Community
Going green is a wonderful achievement, but this company has also been recognized for doing good things in the workplace, as well as in the community.

In 2009, Compendium, Inc., was awarded the Alfred P. Sloan Award for Business Excellence in Workplace Flexibility.  This recognition is part of a national project on workplace efffectiveness and is given to companies who go above and beyond efforts to provide flexibililty in order to meet the needs of both the employees and the employers.  It is a "yes" philosophy, which is one sure way to get the most out of a team.  The recipients of this award are ranked in the top 20 percent of employers who provide flexible work programs, policies and culture.

In April 2010, Compendium, Inc., was recognized by the Puget Sound Business Journal as one of the top 75 Corporate Philanthropists in the Puget Sound region.

Good prices, good products, good for the Earth.  ✥

One of my round MOO sticker designs
More MOO
I've written about the Moo company before.  It's my favorite custom business card site, and I've used their snazzy mini-Moo cards for the past 4 years.  Now, you can design your own custom round stickers, which I love for return address labels, envelope seals, and also for gift wrapping.  Right now, they're on sale marked down from $12.99 for 52 stickers to $7.79.

You can upload your own pix and make 52 unique stickers if you want.  Or, divide them up and make a few of each.  I created my own birthday sticker in Photoshop, saved it as a jpeg, then uploaded it as one of my custom stickers.  The MOO website is exceptionally easy to use when it comes to uploading your own photos.  Just follow the instructions, and they'll walk you right through it.

How green do you MOO?
Another really great thing about the MOO company is that it has a green alternative for use in different kinds of paper products.

Their recycled business cards are 100 percent recycled from post-consumer waste, and the cardboard containers for the cards are made from recyled pulp board.  They are Green E certified, Green Seal certified, chlorine free, acid free, and FSC certified.  In addition to all of that good stuff, the factory that produces their paper is wind powered.  I have to admit that I'm not entirely crazy about wind farms, but still, that's an impressive set of e-credentials!

Another company worth mooing about!  ✥