Posted by Helen Driscoll on May 05, 2001 at 15:01:02:
Hi-we have the first phase up of a do-it-yourself invitation website for tree-free papers. Have attached our main URL and our overriding philosophy. First, trees make lousy paper and so many reasonable substitutes exist. PAPER HAS ONLY BEEN MADE OUT OF TREES SINCE THE 1870'S Paper was invented in China about 100BC.
Some things are meant to last and some things are meant to be recycled. Using recycled tree-paper for your invitations means that the invitations will crumble fairly quickly. (acid-free is sort of like natural on a cereal box -doesn't really mean anything. Look for archival -meaning stable over time- and try to determain if the company really is using the word correctly.) Recycled wood-pulp papers are usually very weak and unstable. Good test of a paper's longevity is to lay it out in the sun for a few weeks. Gives you an idea of what will happen to the paper in 20 years.
Using recycled rag and some post-ag waste and tree-free papers means that you are ecologically responsible and aesthetically responsible. Beauty doesn't have to hurt. Hemp and cotton, cornstalk, kenaf, lokta, mulberry papers are all tree-free, support cottage-industries, maintain ancient traditions. And, a bride and groom can create an invitation of real beauty and meaning,that can last for hundreds even thousands of years. Have noticed that many people are afraid to use some handmade papers because they are so beautiful. They don't want to *waste* it. Quality just might save the world.
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