Based in Hampshire, The Princess and The Pickle create earth-friendly greeting cards, wall art prints and gifts, featuring original photography-based designs.
About The Princess and The Pickle
The Princess and The Pickle began in 2011 as an online journal, full of snapshots and memories of family adventures. It soon developed into my own little creative space with a focus on photography and in late 2018 my online greeting cards shop was born.
My greetings cards are designed to be a little kinder to our planet than most of the mass-produced cards you’ll find on the high street. I purchase all of my card-making materials from UK suppliers and take great care in sourcing products which are as eco-friendly as possible.
The card and envelopes I use are made from 100% recycled fibre from post consumer waste. They are also recyclable. I have a low-waste policy and any off-cuts of card are saved and used to make biodegradable wildflower-seeded or naturally scented confetti which you can sprinkle inside the cards as an added gift for the recipient. Any scraps left unused manage to find their way into the kids’ craft drawers where they are certain to be put to good use!
The protective packaging I use to display my cards at craft fairs and markets are biofilm presentation sleeves, made with corn / potato starch derived from renewable crops. These are completely plastic-free and are fully biodegradable and compostable. Online greeting card orders will now be sent ‘naked’ to reduce waste further, with no presentation bag, just good old fashioned paper/card-backed protective packaging.
All printing is done ‘in-house’ (literally!) and I participate in an ink cartridge recycling programme.
Recycling greeting cards
Many people still love to send cards for birthdays, Christmas, other special occasions, or just as a note to say hello – and it’s lovely to receive a card in the post too, but please choose greeting cards responsibly! The Princess and The Pickle greeting cards can easily be recycled or reused by their recipients.
All cards by The Princess and The Pickle are uncoated, with no glitter, foil or embellishments, so can all be recycled. Alternatively, as the cards are artistic reproductions from original photography, they also make nice framed prints and fit perfectly in a 6×6″ square frame. It’s always better to try and reuse before you recycle!
Greeting card campaigns
The Princess and The Pickle is proud to support the #JustACard campaign and the #NakedCards campaign.
The Just A Card campaign promotes shopping locally and shopping small, encouraging people to buy from designer/makers and independent galleries and shops, even if that purchase is ‘just a card’ – each and every sale is important to a small business.
Naked Cards is a campaign to encourage online card shops to go plastic-free and sell their cards either ‘naked’ or in paper packaging. While this isn’t always practical (I do still use biofilm plant-based presentation sleeves to protect my cards while trading at craft fairs and markets), I am committed to producing as little waste as possible and will post all online greeting card orders without biofilm sleeves – unless requested by the customer.
The Princess and The Pickle’s organic cotton clothing range is made in partnership with Teemill – a company that is committed to sustainable style through organic farming, low waste and renewable energy.
The Princess and The Pickle’s t-shirts, hoodies and tote bags are all made from certified organic cotton and printed in the UK in a renewable energy-powered factory, then shipped directly to you in plastic-free packaging. The clothing is printed on demand, rather than having large amounts in stock, so there is no waste inventory.
Due to the natural materials, the products can even be returned to Teemill and recycled when they’re worn out, making the production cycle itself renewable. This is known as circular fashion, which, along with charity shopping and upcycling, is a way we can help to reduce the amount of clothing which ends up in landfill.
Whether you’d like a different colour background on a card, are looking for a particular image and can’t find it on the site, or you’re interested in my range of wooden gifts which are made to order, please do get in touch (contact details below) and I’ll do my best to help!
I’ve decorated wooden keyrings and Christmas decorations, bird feeders and bug hotels, even a little house for a little pet mouse! These items are made only from reclaimed or salvaged wood, so availability varies, but please do ask if there’s something specific you’d like to order.
As well as being able to buy my products online, you’ll also find me at lots of local craft fairs and markets throughout the year. I am open to supplying my products to independent gift shops, please get in touch if you would like to discuss wholesale options or commission bespoke designs.