MOO customers often share a sampling of their business cards on Flickr. Each card can be printed with a unique image. Photo via: Hidde de Vries/Flickr.com.
I've long been a fan of U.K.-based printing company MOO. Sure, MOO business cards are a little pricey, but you get a different photo printed on each card, and I freely admit to being swayed by the wow-factor.
Despite my serious crush on these cards, I've never ordered any. I just couldn't bring myself to buy a product that would have to be flown across an ocean to land in my hands. But when I once again found myself on the MOO website last week, my carbon footprint-weary heart soared with joy.MOO is now shipping from the United States. I will finally be able to purchase my coveted business cards without any eco-guilt.
Of course, when you're talking paper products, there's a lot more to worry about than shipping. But MOO seems to take the planet's health to heart.
MOO offers two paper options: Classic and Green. MOO Classic paper is sourced from sustainable forests, is elemental chlorine-free and is matte laminated—not awful, but not great. In contrast, the company's Green paper is totally chlorine-free, biodegradable and composed of 100 percent recycled fiber.
If you're thinking the green business cards probably cost more, you're wrong. There is no difference in cost. And Moo Green paper isn't a special option you have to go looking for—once you've settled on the design, the customer is prompted to choose either MOO Classic or MOO Green.
For anyone concerned with consumption, MOO MiniCards are a little less than half the size of a standard business card, so you'll be using even less materials if you go with this slim and sexy option.
With green paper options and local production, the only thing to worry over is image and text selection. One thing's for certain: I'll be uploading photos over the weekend so I can get my eco-friendly business cards as soon as the U.S. Postal Service can get them to me.