Paper Sustainable Business Cards

Published on January 12th, 2009 | by Kelly Rand

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Crafty Business Cards from Baltimore Center for Design

Here’s another great example of good design, craftiness and a nod to the environment, all in a small card.

The Baltimore Center for Design has a utilitarian goal, one that will bring together the city’s designers for the purpose of discussion, and to provide community members a valuable resource. As an up and comer, the Center for Design is all volunteer run, with little to no budget. Though this is a challenge it has not stopped them from moving foward with all the things that a resource like this needs, all with an environmental bent.

Their business cards are made from the extra runs that a print shop uses to get their press set. These test sheets usually end up as waste, but not in this instance. Working with their local printer they were able to source these test prints for free!

To personalize the cards, the Center for Design used label paper and printed up their url and attached the labels to the cards. The result is a simple and easy way to make buisness cards.

Alissa Jones with the Baltimore Center for Design has big plans to make all the Center’s material be as environmentally friendly as possible. She is already thinking of ways to reuse thrifted t-shirts for shirts with their logo, or revamping old letterhead for use by the Center. “My goal for the design center collateral is to make it as sustainable as possible, and hopefully consequently as inexpensive as possible,” she said.

If you want to make your own business cards from test prints, Alissa suggested talking with your local printer to see what they can offer. More than likely the test pages will be free, but expect a small fee to have them cut down to business card size. Then, simply print your information onto lables and afix them to the cut cards.

We already know another way to make awesome business cards, but have you seen any other environmentally friendly cards? Let us know in the comments!


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About the Author

Kelly covers visual arts in and around Washington, DC for DCist and is editor of Crafting a Green World. Kelly has also been published by Bust Magazine and you can find her byline at Indie Fixx and Etsy’s Storque and has taught in Etsy’s virtual lab on the topic of green crafting. Kelly helps organize Crafty Bastards: Arts and Crafts Fair, one of the largest indie craft fairs on the east coast and has served on the Craft Bastard’s jury since 2007. Kelly is also co-founder of Hello Craft a nonprofit trade association dedicated to the advancement of independent crafters and the handmade movement. Kelly resides in Washington, D.C. and believes that handmade will save the world.



8 Responses to Crafty Business Cards from Baltimore Center for Design

  1. Heather says:

    Amazing! Thanks for sharing this. Love it! Also, you consistently have interesting articles!

  2. Heather says:

    Amazing! Thanks for sharing this. Love it! Also, you consistently have interesting articles!

  3. Heather says:

    Amazing! Thanks for sharing this. Love it! Also, you consistently have interesting articles!

  4. Kelly Rand says:

    Thanks Heather!

  5. Mindy says:

    I love these. What a great green idea. Since I work for a crafting website, I’m going to run this idea by my boss. These put our business cards to shame. Thanks!

  6. Mindy says:

    I love these. What a great green idea. Since I work for a crafting website, I’m going to run this idea by my boss. These put our business cards to shame. Thanks!

  7. Mindy says:

    I love these. What a great green idea. Since I work for a crafting website, I’m going to run this idea by my boss. These put our business cards to shame. Thanks!

  8. Mindy says:

    I love these. What a great green idea. Since I work for a crafting website, I’m going to run this idea by my boss. These put our business cards to shame. Thanks!

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