Eco-friendly name cards are a delight to both environmentalists and corporations. With it’s ever expanding popularity in the market, it’s no surprise to see more and more individuals switching to using eco friendly paper materials for name card printing. However, how do you truly know if they are as eco friendly as others say they are? Here are some things to note:
What material are your name cards comprised of? Were they made of fiber from the cutting down of trees or recycled from agricultural residue instead? In your quest for eco friendly name cards, you would probably have heard terms like virgin fiber, tree free and even agricultural waste. It is recommended to go for tree free instead as the eco paper is made without having to cut down extra trees, and using agricultural waste instead, to reduce the amount of devastation done to the environment.
Before using any material for name card printing, it is always advisable to ask if the material is sustainable. More often than not, chemicals like chlorine are used to construct the paper, which is detrimental to the environment. When printing eco-friendly name cards, you will sometimes see the term PCF or TCF. They refer to Processed Chlorine Free or Totally Chlorine Free. It is advisable to go for the latter rather than the former as PCF products may not be able to be guarantee a complete absence of chlorine from earlier processes.
Is your name card made of post-consumer waste material? Post-consumer waste material are components that have been separated from the general whole and set aside for recycling. These are the type of material that can continuously be recycled. Is it safe to recycle them?
Even when it comes to recycling, there are certain components that cannot be recycled. Unless your name cards are made of 100% post consumer waste material, they cannot be fully considered as recycled material.
- Other uses
Apart from being recycled, can your name card serve for other uses? One good example would be plantable name cards, which can actually serve as compost for seeds to germinate into flowers or herbs.
These are the 5 components to consider when it comes to purchasing and printing eco friendly name cards. If your name cards meet more than 2 of the aforementioned criteria, then they can be considered as environmentally friendly- why not take a step up and try plantable name cards next?