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7 Tips When Designing An Eco-Friendly Card

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The environmental impact of cards is surprisingly high due to the accumulation of waste and carbon emissions. Many cards are made of plastic which is a number one pollutant. Manufacturing eco-friendly cards reduces the amount of plastic waste from the manufacturing materials and processes used to make the cards. Eco-friendly cards are made from 100% organic or plant-based materials. Designing and making eco-friendly cards means using processes and manufacturing facilities with a lower carbon footprint. Eco-friendly design is sustainable all through the creation, production, and disposal of the cards with no harm to the environment.

The following are some tips to use when designing an eco-friendly card.


1. Material


When designing an eco-friendly card, you can make sure that the card’s material is made of sustainable paper either recycled or bio paper. It is also important for the environmental balance and sustainability of your card that the used printing inks based on renewable raw materials that are free from chemicals. Also, the material should be easy to write on and great for graphics using less ink.


2. Finish


The overall look on the card matters a lot to both the business reputation and the customer. Eco-friendly cards paper types can be silky, uncoated, or glossy. These go for almost the same price as their non-recycled counterparts. The design options are endless and the cards also have the right matte feel texture


3. Shape


In eco-friendly cards design, shapes can be combined with icons or symbols for your design project. However, square-shaped cards communicate stability, security, and trustworthiness, while circle-shaped cards are organically eye-catching and they communicate unity.


4. Color


Some eco-friendly paper cards are naturally brown hues that give off a vintage and classy vibe. With the natural fibers showing through, the cards are simple but striking, and the paper elevates your design making them look more rustic. However, with brown paper, black ink works well with the paper’s natural color. This makes the cards perfect for handwritten notes as they are also customizable.


5. Make the cards useful


Try to aim for eco-friendly cards that can be easily reused or recycled. The design should be something relevant to your business and the clients. The cards can also serve as phone holders or bottle openers. Try this trick and get creative!


6. Printing


When designing eco-friendly cards, the ink you’ll use for the final touches on the card is important. Inks that are much easier to recycle and don’t require harsh chemicals for their production are ideal. Some of these inks are naturally derived from soy or vegetables. Die-cutting and embossing production techniques can create interest without using ink. Avoid processes such as foiling, lamination, and spot UV as they make it harder to recycle and require harmful chemicals to be created.


7. Make the cards tactile


Special finishes and quality support can allow you to design a more tactile card through debossing or embossing designs or text. Consider using a die-cut process to remove elements from the card stock, leaving a void. This will help you create an eye-catching technique that will ensure your card spends more time in the prospective clients hands.



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