The best way to green your 2011 calendar is to go paperless or perpetual. Paperless calendars can be easily made on your computer, cell phone or other electronic gadget. Perpetual calendars are reusable year-after-year, you simply change the dates on your own.
That said, some folks do want a new calendar or planner each year and they also can make excellent green holiday gifts. It’s okay if you do want a new calendar though, because nowadays it’s very easy to find eco-friendly calendars. If you’re going to buy a new, 2011 only calendar, make sure that it’s made with sustainable materials. If you buy a perpetual calendar this year, I’d be less fussy about materials since you can reuse it, but try to snag something that can eventually be recycled if need be.
Here are some good options…
My favorite paper calendar pick for 2011 is the Eco-Friendly 2011 Wall Calendar shown above. Printed on 100% recycled card-stock with soy inks. Each month has a unique design with a removable postcard. I LOVE this calendar.
- 2011 Botanical Calendar or 2011 Critter Calendar from Night Owl Paper Goods. I love these calendars made with eco-friendly sustainably harvested yellow birch wood. The wood is sliced thin from a small amount of raw material & uses no water & very little power. Also because of how these are made, the wood grain varies from month to month making for an awesome and unique calendar. Comes with a stand. Bonus – under $25!
- 2011 Paper Source Wall Art Calendar – Not only is this calendar recycled, but on the back of each beautiful page are various templates you can cut and fold to create fun pillow boxes, file folders, note cards, and square boxes. Really sweet idea!
- 100% gorgeous 2011 Poster Calendar printed with archival pigment inks on eco-friendly 100% tree free cotton rag paper.
- English Muffin 2011 Calendar – Made with silk cardstock, FSC-certified 30% recycled content. Available in both English and French.
- A lovely 2-in-1 Plantable Desk Calendar for 2011 with display easel – plant each sheet according to the enclosed instructions and this calendar equals no waste.
- Sukie Perpetual Calendar – The whimsical woodland art featured in this calendar is perfect for kids.
- 2011 INK+WIT Letterpress Calendar – Beautiful images make Tara Hogan’s designs stand out year-after-year. This calendar is enclosed in an archival clear cello sleeve and packaged in a muslin bag with a fox gift hang tag. Locally letterpress printed on a Vandercook by Boxcar Press. Made with 100% cotton paper from tree free fibers.
- 2011 Tin Eco Calendar – You can plant this calendar and reuse the cute tin. Plus pretty floral motifs will brighten your desk year-round.
- 2011 Eco-Friendly Calendar from The Paper Princess – I’m a little disappointed in this calendar, because, far as I can tell, it’s not printed on recycled paper. That said, it wins big points for creative reuse. This desktop calendar’s pages convert into gift tags when the month is over. Just trim your tag and attach to a gift. Super clever idea – if it was on recycled paper it’d be perfect.