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No, we’re not talking about Shrek’s manners here. Green etiquette refers to the ways in which our various codes of conduct can reflect an eco-sensitive consciousness. For example, the thin piece of paper one often sees inside the wedding invitation has its origin in an early ink printing process that could smudge. Hence, the paper was included because it served as a blotting agent. Unless the bride and groom have ordered printing that could indeed smudge, it could be an unnecessary and insensitive convention. Most wedding invitations use a thermographic printing process, which is smudge-free. Ditto with most engraved processes. That said, my research tells me that some forms of inking processes do take 24 hours to dry, but these are rarely used for invitations. And, such “traditional” printing methods use petroleum based inks which are a non-renewable resource which releases Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC’s.) So, why would we want to go there?
Bottom line, most of us agree that valuing environmental friendliness is important for the future of our planet, so it seems logical that we should apply it to all behavior, even etiquette and manners. Virtual Christmas cards? Why not? Emailed thank you notes? While a note on 100% post consumer recycled paper, or other sustainable paper product, with soy ink is always appropriate and appreciated, the point is to express appreciation. Okay, I must add that the thank you note should always reflect the effort the person put into the gift, party, favor, dinner, or particular kindness. But, that said, virtual communications are part of the way most of us live. We just need to be cognizant of the fact that some people are not plugged in or are uncomfortable with email and accommodate their needs as well.
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