Tips for a more sustainable Christmas

Each year, we all love to indulge in various festivities throughout the holiday season. There are so many activities to take part in – Christmas parties, gift shopping, decorating our homes and tasting all the seasonal treats we can get our hands on. These are all so much fun, but the use of unsustainable materials and disposable products is taking a toll on our environment. As part of our on-going commitment to help our planet and make Wuzci as eco-friendly as possible, we have pulled together a few easy tips & tricks to make these festive activities more sustainable. Here is an insight into a few posts we have in the works for you.

Shop Small

Probably the most important change you can make this Christmas, is shopping at smaller, independent retailers. Supporting indie creators and local economies puts money directly back into your community and means that the goods don’t have to be shipped from the other side of the world (using unnecessary fuel and wrapping).

Every card you buy from Wuzci is fully recyclable, comes in a biodegradable cello wrap and directly supports the Artist that designed it. So each time we get one of your orders, it’s not just us doing a little happy dance! How adorable is this reindeer design by Chloe Evans?

Make Your Own Wrapping Paper

A huge contributor to unnecessary waste during the holiday season is wrapping paper. Embellishments such as glitter, foil or shiny surfaces make the entire roll un-recyclable. Not only can they not be recycled, small plastics (also known as micro-plastics) such as glitter make their way into our oceans and get eaten by precious wildlife.

A more sustainable option for gift wrap would be to make your own! Using rolls of parcel paper is a great alternative and can easily be customised with stamps, pens, ribbons and foliage.

Homemade Gifts

Each year we probably all find that we have more and more gifts to buy and it can start to become pretty expensive! To save a bit of money and show our loved ones how much they mean to us, why not try making a few festive treats instead?

Homemade biscuits and pies are the epitome of festive treats and always go down well as a thoughtful gift.

If you’re not much of a baker, then Pinterest is filled with easy ideas ranging from homemade soap, bath bombs, hot drink sets or customised mugs.

If you’re interested in having a more sustainable Christmas this year, then check back every week for a new post. Coming up next week is our list of fantastic indie shops and gift ideas!

Do you have any suggestions? We would love to hear from you!

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We Mean Green

Here at Wuzci we are wholeheartedly eco-friendly! Since our launch in February 2019, we have already implemented vital changes to improve our impact on the planet. 🌎 

We encourage all of our customers to make as many small changes as possible, to help reduce our footprint on the environment. Switching to Wuzci for your greetings cards is one of them!

Plastic waste is a huge issue for our environment, so we now use biodegradable cello bags to protect our cards in the post. These are made from plant starch and can be popped into your compost bin! 🌿 

Our cards are proudly printed with non toxic inks onto recycled card-stock and can be put into your normal home recycling. ♻️

We send all of our post via Royal Mail. This means that we aren’t adding our own delivery vehicles onto our (already very busy) roads and keeps costs down for you.

Our Green Tree Promise means that for every 100 people who subscribe to Wuzci, we’ll plant a tree. This is part of the Trees for Life scheme; reducing greenhouse gases and encouraging natural regeneration of wildlife.

We would love to hear about the steps you take to help out the environment. Sound off in the comments or over on our instagram 📢 

We value your feedback and would love to hear your suggestions on how we could improve and make Wuzci the best greetings cards provider!

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Artist Spotlight: Chloe Evans

Last month, we launched our new Artist Spotlight blog series where we speak to our wonderful creators in our Artist community. To kick off the series, we interviewed Abi Ruddock and found out what drives her creative process (catch up on her blog post here).

This month we are speaking with the amazingly talented Chloe Evans – a freelance illustrator and designer. Keep on reading to find out more about her creative process and what keeps her inspired

Hello Chloe! First of all, thank you for being a part of our Artist Community. Tell us a little bit about yourself…

My name is Chloe and I illustrate under the name Chloe Fae Designs. My full time job is an in-house designer for kids denim wear which is really fun and an exciting industry to be a part of. On the side I am a freelance illustrator specialising in illustrations for children’s books, greeting cards and surface pattern design. I also run my own Etsy shop where I sell greeting cards, prints and other paper goods.

Can you tell us a little bit about your creative journey so far? Have you always aspired to do what you do now?

I have always been into art since I was a little kid. My creative journey probably started in high school as I loved my art classes and I pretty much pursued art ever since – taking it for my A-Levels, going to art college and then onto a degree in illustration. There hasn’t really been another career path for me, I just always knew that to enjoy my job I would need to do something creative! 


What are your thoughts on Greetings Cards in our world today?

I think greeting cards are super important and are a great way to stay connected with friends and family. I think sending a card on a special occasion or even just to say hi and catch up is so much more meaningful than just a text. Buying the right card with a cute or funny message shows that you have really thought and made the time for that special person in your life.

What inspires you to keep creating? Do you ever get stuck with a creative block?

Seeing other illustrators work on in instagram or in stores (such as on cards, stationary etc) inspires me to keep creating. When I see a cute illustrated character or a positive illustrated message it makes me feel happy and I would love to spread that joy to people who may view my work. I still struggle with creative block from time to time. What helps me is usually starting a new project that I feel passionate about or experimenting with a different medium.

Who are some of your favourite creators at the moment?

This is such a hard question as their are so many great illustrators out there! A few of my favourite artists at the moment are Katie Abey, Holly Exley (if you are a creative I definitely recommend watching her Youtube videos!), Amy Lesko and Amber Davenport.


Can you tell us a little bit about your process?

All of my illustrations are pretty much created digitally on my iPad on the Procreate app. I like to sketch out initial ideas and compositions in my sketchbook. I also love adding different textures to my work so often my digital work is layered with pencil and paint markings from my sketchbook.

If there was one piece of advice you could give to a creator just starting out, what would it be?

Create what makes you happy and have confidence in yourself and your work! Being a creative is not easy but if you are passionate about creating, step out of your comfort zone and work really hard you will achieve amazing things! 

Finally, do you have any projects in the works or exciting things you would like to plug?

I have recently started a personal project over on my Instagram @chloefaedesigns where I am illustrating an A-Z endangered animal series. Make sure to check it out if you want to see some super cute animals! I might eventually turn this into a poster/print at the end of the project which you will be able to purchase from my Etsy store.

Thank you so much to Chloe for giving us some fantastic insight into the hard work and skill that goes into designing our cards. Check out her amazing collection of cards and be sure to sign up for your first month free! 

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Artist Spotlight: Abi Ruddock

At Wuzci it is our ambition to create a platform for Artists to showcase and sell their work. We love to uplift our creators and provide our customers with the very best designs.  To celebrate the fantastic creators we have in our network, we wanted to give them the opportunity to talk about their work in a little more detail and shed some light on the process behind each of our card designs.

So without further ado, our first Artist Spotlight is the hugely talented Abi Ruddock. There is a design for everyone in her card collection – from Gin Queens to those hitting those special milestone birthdays. Keep reading for some insight into her work and top tips for pushing your creative journey.

Hello Abi! Tell us (and our lovely readers) a little bit about yourself..

Hi I’m Abi, a textile and surface design graduate from Huddersfield University and a lover of all things patterned!

Looking on my website you would say that my print work is abstract and it is normally inspired by nature or naturally occurring patterns with minimal colour. My day job is quite different though: I am a senior designer at a company that designs doormats for high street and blue chip retailers across the country. My responsibility doesn’t just lie with designing the product; packaging and marketing the product to the customer also falls under my role. Photography is another one of my passions and I use that to help develop my design work.

Where did your creative journey start – did you always want to do this?

Textiles has always been part of my family and I remember my grandma trying to get us (my sister and I) to draw, cross stitch and knit from a young age! That developed through school and I completed my foundation degree in Art and Design and found my feet as a designer. When you spend all day doing what you love you just know that it’s what you want to continue to do in the future. 

 

 Do you think greetings cards are important in the world today?

 I think anything that can put a smile on someone’s face is very important. Cards and correspondence with loved ones is extremely valued by lots of people and the joy of a card dropping onto the doormat almost makes your friends and family feel closer than they may be! If they are responsibly produced and discarded they can’t damage our environment and can only add to a world that could always do with an extra smile.

 What inspires you to keep creating? Do you ever get stuck with drawing block?

I think having varied design products helps me to stay inspired. From womenswear to doormats, card design to branding and marketing. 

 Working in so many different areas means my research is always wide which helps with ideas. I tend to deal with blocks by either swapping to another project or taking some time away from designing – such as walking the dog with camera in hand!

 Who are your favourite artists/creators at the moment?

 I’m really inspired by ceramists at the moment, Hannah Tounsend has always been one of my favourites. I am also really inspired by processes. The naturally occurring patterns in Raku pottery is my absolute favourite, Old Brewery Pottery In Keighley always brings a smile to my face when I see them in person.

 Can you tell us a little bit about your process? How do you create your work?

When I’m designing I like to start with a trend, commercialise that  through research and then draw and design. If I was designing fashion prints i would have to create repeat designs but for cards and doormats these are normally placement prints! Repeat designs are formed using computer aided design tools such as Adobe and I work on producing collections.

 If there was one piece of advice you could give to a creator at the beginning of their journey, what would it be?

My once piece of advice would be to get as much commercial experience as possible, whether that is volunteer work or a job that enables you to develop your commercial awareness. My work has changed dramatically through learning in my full time design position.

 Finally, do you have any projects in the works or exciting things you would like to tell us about?

Not right now but I have lots of new ideas on the horizon that I can’t wait to get started on when time allows! I’d really love to grow my following on social media though so please give me a follow on Facebook and Instagram and let me know what you think of my work!

Thank you so much to Abi for being the first of our Artist features. Check out her amazing collection of cards and be sure to sign up for your first month free! 

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How does Wuzci compare to Moonpig?

A common question we get here at Wuzci is; how are we different from existing greetings card shops such as Moonpig?

To us, the answer is simple. We are a monthly subscription service that reminds you when you have an upcoming occasion and prompts you to select a card so that it can be delivered to your door. Saving you both time & money! 💸 

So how does Wuzci compare with other shops such as Moonpig?

Here is a side-by-side comparison of some features we value when shopping for cards.

⓵   A Helpful Reminder System for All Your Occasions

Never forgetting an occasion has always been at the heart of Wuzci’s mission. We were sick of having to do a last-minute dash to the high street when we needed to buy a card, that we decided to build a reminder system.

You can then view all your reminders, in a helpful and ordered list, so know exactly what’s coming up and who to choose cards for:

Moonpig recently launched their own system that allows you to add dates and receive an email reminder.

Suspiciously similar 🤔👀

Here’s a comparison of the reminder features:

Feature
Wuzci
Moonpig
Free to use
✅
✅
Individual Reminders
✅
✅
Choice of occasions
(Birthday, Christmas etc.)
19
9
Links orders to your occasions
✅
❌
Repeated & One-off occasions
✅
❌
Monthly Recaps
✅
❌

Winner:

Moonpig’s system does cover the basics, but Wuzci does seem to have a lot more features and flexibility. Let’s call this one a draw.

⓶   Environmental Responsibilty Info & Green Status

Wuzci prides itself on being green. We’re always on the lookout for new ways to not only reduce our impact on the planet but give back to it too.

All Wuzci’s cards & envelopes are made from recycled materials (which, can then be recycled again of course), our protective packaging is made from biodegradable vegetable starch instead of plastic and even our little sweet treats we sometimes send out are 100% vegan 🍬

We also plant a tree for every 100 subscribers we get as part of the Trees For Life scheme. 🌳🌲

Winner:

Whilst I’m sure Moonpig has some sustainable policies (they must do right?) it seems to be impossible to find anything about it on their website. A clear win to Wuzci on this one.

⓷   Support for Independent Artists

When you buy a Wuzci card, you are directly supporting the artist that designed that card. Our Artist platform gives creators a space to showcase their work and earn money every month from the cards that you choose. 🎨

Similar to the environmental situation, it isn’t very clear who designs Moonpigs cards and how the people who create them are supported.

Winner:

Wuzci, is quickly becoming the home for independent artists. We remove all the frictions and barriers to getting their designs in customers hands. We’ll ensure we keep building the very best features to keep supporting them.

④   Choice of Cards

Moonpig certainly has the edge on the total number of designs and customizability… which is understandable considering they started almost 20 years before Wuzci! But we truly believe that the way forward is to give you direct access to an ever-growing list of amazing talented artists who create truly stunning cards for every occasion.

Winner:

Whilst Wuzci is adding 100’s of beautiful cards every month, we have to concede that currently, Moonpig has the larger selection… but we hope to catch them very soon.

⑤   Value for Money

Not only were we tired of forgetting cards when we decided to build Wuzci… we were sick of overpaying for them too!

We started to think… you have roughly the same Birthday’s, Anniversary’s, Mother’s Father’s, Valentine’s Days and Christmas every year. Why wouldn’t that just be a small subscription so you always had the cards you needed? 🤷‍♂️

This subscription method allows Wuzci to print everything to order, reducing waste & cutting costs that we then pass onto you. Wuzci’s plans start from just £4 which gets you any 2 cards you choose, delivered to your door every month.

Have some months busier than others? Don’t worry you can rollover any cards that you don’t use for busy months and times like Christmas.

Price comparison Wuzci vs Moonpig

Wuzci
Moonpig
Average card price
£2.00
£3.39
Postage
FREE
£0.70
Total
£2.00
£4.09

Price of 24 cards a year (UK average)

Wuzci
Moonpig
24 Cards
£48.00
£98.16

Winner:

Currently, Wuzci delivers your cards directly to you each month; for you to then give to your recipients. So there’s clearly an extra benefit with Moonpig’s ability to send cards direct (something we’ll be adding soon). But if you’re looking for the best valuelook no further than Wuzci.

Want to give Wuzci a try? Start your trial now and get your first month of cards completely free! That’s all of your occasions for next month sorted and delivered right to your door! Need more reasons to try us?

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