Moo vs. Zazzle: Eco-Friendly Mini Business Cards

green-business-cards.jpg Business cards.

Thousands are given out every day and probably somewhere around 90% end up in the trash.

This will be part 1 of a 2 (or maybe 3) part series.

In this post, we’ll talk about:

  1. New eco-friendly mini business card options from Zazzle.com and Moo.com
  2. How these eco-friendly mini business cards actually improve the chance of you getting noticed and remembered.

As anyone who follows me on twitter or facebook saw recently, I’m going to Greener Gadgets next month.

As I was making my preparations I began thinking, “I started this blog over 2 years ago and haven’t ever had business cards printed up. What was I thinking?”

Therein began my hunt for the best eco-friendly business card solution.

 

Questions To Ask Yourself Before Choosing A Card

  • “Do I want a customized business card or just a choice of templates?”
  • “Do I want recycled, FSC certified, and/or biodegradable card stock?”
  • “Do I want soy based inks?”
  • “Do I want my cards to be chlorine free?”
  • “Do I want to look like a selfish prick who just wants to hand out my cards?”

In a perfect world, an affordable option would exist that encompassed all of those features. As it is now, you’ll have to pick and choose.

 

The Mini Business Card Match Up

#1 – Zazzle

My cards on their way from Zazzle.

I chose zazzle because their design tool was the absolute best I came across. Hands down!

zazzle-mini-card-ejector.gifMy options for eco-friendly business cards were slimmer than most, because I wanted a new(er) style of card referred to as “mini cards” or “profile cards” or sometimes “calling cards”.

The typical business card size is 2” x 3.5”. Zazzle’s mini cards are 1” x 3′‘ (and they come with the free and totally sweet ejector case pictured right).

Unfortunately the reduced size is where the eco-friendliness of Zazzle’s cards stop.

Being nearly half the size of conventional cards definitely saves trees, but I still hope that Zazzle adds additional greener options soon.

Price:  $18.95 for 100 mini cards, $16.95 for 100 traditional cards

 

#2 – Moo

Moo is an awesome supplier in England, and are the home of the original mini card.

Moo can use any image you upload (or it can pull photos from your flickr or facebook account) and use them for back of your card.

Their design tool wasn’t nearly as slick, easy to use, and configurable as Zazzle’s.

Moo’s traditional sized business cards are VERY eco-friendly. You can choose between:

  • Premium Quality: MOO Classic
    • Sourced from sustainable forests
    • Elemental chlorine free (EFC)
    • Matt laminated
  • Eco-friendly: MOO Green
    • 100% Recycled Fibre
    • Totally recyclable and biodegradeable
    • Totally Chlorine Free (TFC)

Unfortunately, their mini cards aren’t quite as green. I emailed the company to find out why and they replied back saying:

“The MiniCards are cut from heavy card stock printed on a 4-color commercial digital press. We have not yet found a recycled stock suitable for printing cards with our process. Our stock does come from sustainable forests and the digital print process we use generates far less paper and chemical waste than traditional litho printing.”

I just decided to go with Zazzle because I could get the cards EXACTLY as I wanted them AND I figured that even if Moo’s mini cards did have those extra enviromental benefits, they would be nearly cancelled out by, you know, having to cross the ocean!

Price: $19.99 for 100 mini cards, ejector case not included, but available. Shipping overseas is a little higher.

 

Why I Chose The Mini Cards

Why was it imperative to me that my cards be the 1 x 3 size?

Take a look back up to the opening line. Most cards get thrown away. Anything that makes your cards stand out will help your chance of getting noticed and remembered.

In addition, the mini cards just “fit” me better. I can carry more. They’re less bulky. They don’t feel so “corporate” or “business-y”.

I wouldn’t feel bad at all whipping my little mini ejector thing-a-ma-jig out of my pocket and presenting a mini card, but I might think twice about pulling the old, “Hey, let me give you my 2 x 3.5” cookie cutter card and let’s do lunch sometime” routine.

 

What Others Recommend

I just asked my twitter followers what their favorite eco-friendly business card solution was and one of my local blog followers said:

@Nashvillest: “Moo.com! Okay, maybe not as eco-friendly as you were thinking, but Minicards use less paper ;)”

Here’s another review of Zazzle vs Moo business cards.

What’s your favorite? Do you like the mini cards or not?

Jeffrey

Yo. I'm Jeffrey. I think every little step is an awesome one when it comes to living green... but eco-snobbery sucks.

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  • http://www.shopbebo.com/ adi

    A small business trying to go green may not have that much of time or inclined to go for so many hassles such as ink details. As for me I have personally tried MOO.com’s cards and they are simply awesome but relatively expensive. If you search around google you will find many cheap options but you have to be the judge of design and overall feel.

    • http://www.EcoSnobberySucks.com Jeffrey Davis

      A small business may not want to think about those things, but I hope i’ve broken it down easy enough for them not to have to. Moo mini cards were my 2nd choice, but I went with Zazzle mini cards b/c I just can’t justify the shipping from across the ocean.

      • Michelle

        I’m in the States. My Moo mini cards were printed on the East Coast of the US and shipped to my house. They didn’t have to cross an ocean, though the parent company is in England.

        • http://www.EcoSnobberySucks.com Jeffrey Davis

          That’s AWESOME to know Michelle! Back when I was doing the research for my
          cards (and hence, this article), there was only information on their website
          about being able to ship to the U.S. from the U.K. Has that changed?

          • Jen

            Yes sometime last year Moo opened a US location.

  • http://twitter.com/gwynethjones gwynethjones

    Jeffrey dear, great article! I blogged about this topic today and quoted and linked back to this post today! My visual hunger for larger canvases push me to get the larger size but now that i read your post – i’m leaning to design a cool mini size now! YAY! Thank you!
    ~Gwyneth
    thedaringlibrarian.com

  • http://twitter.com/gwynethjones gwynethjones

    Jeffrey dear, great article! I blogged about this topic today and quoted and linked back to this post today! My visual hunger for larger canvases push me to get the larger size but now that i read your post – i’m leaning to design a cool mini size now! YAY! Thank you!
    ~Gwyneth
    thedaringlibrarian.com

    • http://www.EcoSnobberySucks.com Jeffrey Davis

      Hey Gwyneth, I’m so glad you enjoyed the post. I just read your post about moo and zazzle cards. awesome write up! I had no idea that Moo had launched a US division since I wrote this post. Perhaps I’ll write an updated post on this topic….if I do, I’ll be sure to drop link love your way. ;-)

    • http://www.EcoSnobberySucks.com Jeffrey Davis

      Hey Gwyneth, I’m so glad you enjoyed the post. I just read your post about moo and zazzle cards. awesome write up! I had no idea that Moo had launched a US division since I wrote this post. Perhaps I’ll write an updated post on this topic….if I do, I’ll be sure to drop link love your way. ;-)

  • http://www.wamucardscom.com wamucardscom

    Congrats to you on having a blog for so long. I have just recently started. I look up to people like you who can keep up with your writing and have more to say all the time. It’s a very hard job! Anyway, thank you for the info on business cards. I didn’t realize there were so many options out there. So much to choose from!!

  • http://www.wamucardscom.com wamucardscom

    Congrats to you on having a blog for so long. I have just recently started. I look up to people like you who can keep up with your writing and have more to say all the time. It’s a very hard job! Anyway, thank you for the info on business cards. I didn’t realize there were so many options out there. So much to choose from!!

  • http://twitter.com/CIAFinisher Tiffany McCoy

    Moo has the option printfinity to have a different image on ever card… that was the selling point for me!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_EWPXJA3SVD64AMWKYZQLWMPR5Y John Marvelie

    By using the ECO business cards are very useful to our environment. After the reading your informative blog i also think about the change my plastic silky business card to ECO friendly business cards.
    business card printing