3 Ideas for Stylish, Eco-Friendly Events

By Alesandra Dubin November 11, 2009, 9:00 AM EST

Repurpose Compostables creates eco-friendly products that can be customized for events with a logo or message.

Photo: Courtesy of Repurpose Compostables

For a stylish event that makes a statement, check out these companies offering unfussy and Earth-friendly products.

1. Lilikoi Design & Letterpress creates understated letterpress work, including invitations, menus, and seating cards that can be customized with any logo or message. The company implements eco-friendly practices whenever possible by operating its letterpress manually, with no electricity required. Lilikoi also uses reclaimed cotton paper and recycled envelopes. Turnaround time for printing is approximately two weeks after art is approved. Prices vary depending on artwork, but a one-color, one-sided 5- by 7-inch invitation with envelope starts at $6, or $7.50 for two colors; a one-color, one-sided 8.5- by 4-inch menu starts at $4; or a one-color, one-sided 6- by 9-inch event program card starts at $7. Pricing includes custom design and delivery in the L.A. area.

2. For a bit of greenery without cut plants or flowers, FormDecor's new faux boxwood hedge planter works as a stylish screen or room divider. It has a wrought-iron frame and casters for easy load in and out. The planter's dimensions are 87 inches high, 72 inches wide, and 18 inches deep. The product is available in California, and the rental price is $600 for the first week and $300 the second week.
3. Repurpose Compostables is a new Los Angeles-based bioplastic company that creates environmentally friendly products like cups, flatware, and napkins. The company has an activist bent, aiming to educate people about disposable products and encourage them to move away from toxic, non-compostable petroleum products toward plant-based, non-toxic, and compostable alternatives. Repurpose Compostables can custom print a corporate logo or message on items like cups and napkins. Minimum quantities apply, and pricing varies based on volume. For example, a case of 1,000 9-ounce cold cups without logo starts at $56, or about $63 per case for custom-printed cups.

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