Tree-Free was founded in 1999 with a millennial eye toward artful simplicity, sustainability, and social impact.
Contrary to conventional greeting cards with flowery sentiments, elaborate print techniques and ever-rising prices, Tree-Free has quickly gained a following for its simple, yet artfully, vibrant style, our groundbreaking use of sustainable materials (including kenaf, hemp, wheat straw and sugarcane waste), and an ability to deliver quality paired with value. With millions of cards sent each year, Tree-Free saves over 3000 mature trees, 1.5 million gallons of water, 2 million BTUs of energy and 210,000 pounds of greenhouse gases annually.
After 20 years, we have set our aspirations on leading our industry to new heights where every card sent is not just a pretty vehicle for a personal message.
Each card will deliver a positive impact to a broader community. We are donating 25% of all revenue (not just profits). Rather than choose a few causes that we care about, we have created a system to fund the community efforts and causes championed by each of our customers.
Meanwhile, we continue to lead the industry with sustainable production right here in the USA – keeping our forests full of trees to create shade, transform carbon, and enhance the air we breathe.
Tree-free's paper suppliers are working towards being carbon neutral.
By investing in wind energy and carbon neutrality, our suppliers are reducing our impact on the environment as well as aiding the growth of emission-free, renewable energy sources and financially supporting the shift from fossil fuel to renewable energy. Our carbon emissions are calculated and reduced where possible. The remaining carbon dioxide emissions are then "offset” through credits that fund renewable, emission-free energy projects such as landfill gas fuel capture, biomass fuel and farm methane fuel capture.
Our paper mills source environmentally sustainable fiber for their paper.
We are focused on using post consumer recycled paper and reversing the trend of 35% of municipal solid waste by weight being paper and paper products.
Our suppliers are required to provide documentation demonstrating sound environmental practices and responsible forestry management. If the wood pulp comes from a forest that has been certified for FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) standards, we can be sure that the natural resource has been managed responsibly.
Our paper does not use elemental chlorine bleach.
All Tree-Free virgin fiber paper is "elemental chlorine free" (ECF). ECF papers are made from recycled fiber that has been bleached using alternative chlorine compounds instead of elemental chlorine. ECF pulps greatly reduce harmful byproducts.
Our 100% recycled papers meet the more rigorous standards for Process Chlorine Free (PCF) coding. PCF paper is made with fiber recycled from post consumer waste and is unbleached or bleached without chlorine compounds. PCF paper is the most environmentally preferable type.
Tree-Free is committed to manufacturing here in the USA.
By producing here in the USA, we not only guarantee quality, but guarantee jobs. This limited edition product was made in New England by a family owned bindery that has been in operation for over 50 years. And with your help, for a long time to come.
We use 100% post consumer recycled paper and reclaimed wheat straw.
By printing our cards on 100% post consumer recycled paper and reclaimed wheat straw, we are saving 2,405 mature trees, 1,121,858 gallons of water, 1,078 million BTUs of energy, 75,098 pounds of solid waste, and 206,850 pounds of greenhouse gases a year!
We're 100% solar powered
Our 200 panel photovoltaic array provides roughly 65,344 kilowatt hours per year of clean, renewable electricity. That’s enough electricity to power 10 average New England homes per year!
With the completion of our new home, we’re bringing our printing and production under one roof — Tree-Free’s on-site operation will be 100% powered by the sun.