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Paper Culture: Extreme Green Stationery

As much as we all utilize Evite or Paperless Post, there is still nothing as charming as an old-fashioned paper invite. With the holidays right around the corner, now is the time to get your festive cards ordered and organized. Local stationery company Paper Culture has every occasion covered, and they're as green as stationery gets.

Started by former HP and Yahoo! executives who applied the digital printing prowess they learned at Snapfish, Paper Culture goes above and beyond eco-stationery practices. They print on FSC certified 100% post-consumer recycled paper and plant a tree for every order. They encourage their employees to either walk, take public transportation or ride bikes to work and they keep a carbon calculator running ensuring that office supplies are recycled and energy efficient.

As for the paper designs, brands such as Apple, Kate Spade, Design Within Reach and Mini Marc Jacobs serve as inspiration. Options are overwhelming, so you may want to allow some browsing time, but everything is well organized. While you're ordering your holiday cards, consider the stationery for gift ideas—this includes kids, adults, monogram and photo stationery. Another cool, eco gift idea is the bamboo wall art in a variety of sizes.

To round out the modern stationery experience, there are personalized services available as well as a free option for a custom back. For those too busy to do their own labeling and mailing, they offer a mail & message service where they stamp, address and mail your cards for you, you just pay for the stamp costs.

Sam Durbin (sami.7x7@gmail.com) is a California lifestyle writer who honed her blogging skills as Editor of FabSugar.com. Sam graduated from The Fashion Institute of Technology, and also writes for 7x7 Magazine, Zagat and PureWow.