Smock. Letterpress for Tree Huggers.

posted on: November 4, 2009

At first, I couldn't decide if I wanted to tag this post as "Love It" or "Green", since it appeals to both my love of frivolous and beautiful paper products and my desire to have less impact on the environment, but what a wonderful dilemma to have- so why choose?! I have a quiet obsession with letterpress and I confess to purchasing sets of cards which were never sent to anyone because I coveted them so much. I first discovered Smock Paper through their Etsy shop, which is always my first stop when I want something beautiful and handmade. Before I found out that they were passionate about sustainable business practices, I was already head over heels about their beautiful designs and textured papers:

On the first page of their website, they make their mission clear:
"Smock is a new line of letterpress wedding invitations, letterpress announcements, and letterpress greeting cards — sustainably printed on bamboo paper in upstate New York. We are serious about being a truly green letterpress print shop. We are powered by wind energy. We donate 1% of sales to environmental causes through 1% for the Planet. Our retail packaging is tree-free and petroleum free and certified biodegradable. For our employees, we subsidize 20-week Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) memberships with a local organic farm. Our commitment to the environment affects everything we do."

What a beautiful mission with beautiful products to back it up. Thank you Smock, for doing what other letterpress makers said couldn't be done. ;-)

10 comments, to add [click here]:

  1. OH we'll have to check them out since we just ran out of business cards and know that letterpress is in our future!

  2. beautiful, and may I comment that it's nice to see you blogging again :)

  3. Oooh, that letterpress practically makes me drool.

  4. Totally adorable design + colors and I love the letterpress!

  5. Kate- it looks like there are three stores in the Boston area that can work on custom designs!

    Ava - yes you may, and thank you so much. ;-) It's good to be "back" after a much needed break from it all.

    Jessie - I have a bib you can use.. you may want to wash it first though!

    Gina - did you see the rest of the work on their site? So much fabulousness!

  6. Those are really cool! I'll have to look more into this.

  7. these are gorgeous! i just love letterpress - so unique and fun.

    customized wedding postage is a great addition to invites like these. has a tool which allows brides to plug in a few details of their wedding and get recommendations for personalized postage. very easy and fun!

  8. I just got all my letterpress work last week but I do so wish I had known about the bamboo option. I went with renewable resources for all my stationary and packaging but bamboo is just brilliant! These cards so beautifully fit you and your work, Anne. Really perfect.

  9. Hi Anne! Thank you so much for your kind words about Smock. We love what we do and it's a true joy for us to know that people appreciate what we're doing. Thank you kindly and have a lovely weekend!

  10. nice find! and thanks for sharing. i'll have to start recommending these guys to my clients for cards and whatnot. -TP


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