Saturday, March 12, 2005

And now, the best: ENVIROCARD 3

Reusable card printed using conventional cardboard with a replaceable insert is good. However, it get passed around. It get soiled. Eventually it too must be discarded (meaning landfill usally). Plus it need to overcome the snob barrier. Receipients may not like the idea of getting a second-hand card or third, or even fourth-hand card.

Well, Envirocard 3 stay with the receipient. Not not only that. The memory stay with the receipient too.

What we propose for Envirocard 3 is a greeting card that transform into something else at the end of its life as a greeting card. In fact, it would be justifiable to refer to Envirocard 3 as the Transformercard.

It work this way. Let's take a piece of textile the size of a handkerchief. Let's print our greeting card design and greeting messages on it. Let's add a stiffener and process it into shape and consistency of a standard conventional greeting card. The stiffener may just consist of starch. Boil tapioca flour in water. Saturate the textile with the starch, predry it, then fold it into the shape of a conventional greeting card and iron it flat with a hot iron. Now the sender may even write the name of his receipient on the textile with a permanent marker, and sign it with the same marker.

The receipient receive the card. He proudly display it on his mantel. He gets fed up with it. But the big difference is, that card do not end up in the dustbin. (Would you like your name to be thrown into a dustbin?) He put Transformercard into a washing machine. Washing machine cyckle finished and presto - out come a handkerchief. He dries and iron it. It goes into his pocket. He sneezes. Some goo come out his nostrils. He reachs into his pocket. What would he see. He see the name of the sender! Ah! Sweet memories!

Isn't that a great environmentally friendly greeting card? No landfill, no treatment chemicals (for paper recycling), no secondary pollution (ink), no great demand on the power generation company for electrical energy, and therefore no contribution to the green house gas emission! And a bonus. A constant reminder of the sender each time the handerchief is used!

Well, it need not always be a handkerchief. How about a dish or car washing cloth? Wonder what the sender emotions may be to know that his name is contributing towards the polishiing of a bright shinny Mustang.

Or keep a collections of the transformercard. Then turn the collection into a quilt.

We have tried making greeting cards this way and it works. Only problem is, with conventional fabric, the edges of the fabric frays. On the other hand, if one use nonwoven fabric, this problem of fraying at the edges would not arise.

I hope manufacturers of handkerchiefs read this post. Make ready to make Envirocard3 handkerchiefs to sell. Get environmental NGO's to help promote it. Make nice profits in the process and contribute towards helping our one and only spaceship Earth.

10 comments:

Elsie said...

Wow, cool funny post and such a great idea, Peter.

Peter said...

Hi Elsie,

Thanks for reading this post and thanks for the comments. Wish everyone thinks like you. Wish also the handkerchief manufactures read this post and takes up the idea. Ready made Envirocard3.

Peter
Dummies Guide to Google Blogger
"online book" in progress

Elsie said...

Hallo Peter

No, I did not find this blog through search engines. I was looking for a post you did last year and decided to have a look at the other blogs - have done so in the past as well, but did not leave a comment- but this post was really so good and I plan to post ideas for gifts through recycled materials as well. (Maybe a new blog for this?? will decide soon)

I will hold thumbs that the handkerchief manufactures read this too.

Peter said...

Hi Elsie,

Glad you agreed with me handkerchief should get on the bandwagon. Glad to hear you plan to perhaps start a new blog. If you do a post that mention envirocard 3, I hope you put a link back to this blog. I like other bloggers are hard up for links.

Peter a.k.a. enviroman
Enviroman Says

Elsie said...

Hi Peter

Thanks for all your comments and no, I do not mind you copy/paste.

I will definitely put a link to this blog when I do a post about recycled material, will let you know too.

I have put a link from my kids blog http://ezi-kids-stuff-galore.blogspot .com and also mentioned you in one of the posts ---http://ezi-kids-stuff-galore.blogspot.com/2007/03/gift-of-parenthood.html

Stay well

Lc

Peter said...

Hi Elsie,

Thanks for the links and the plug.

Peter
http://dummies-guide-to-google-blogger.blogspot.com
(online book in progress, meaning far from finished)

Elsie said...

Hi Peter
I have posted a link to your handkerchief idea in a new post on my gift blog - http://ezi-gifts-galore.blogspot.com/2007/06/fathers-day-gifts-and-massages.html
as I promised I would a few months ago.

Stay well

Elsie

Peter said...

Hi Elsie,

Thanks a ton.

Peter (Blog*Star 2006 and 2007)
Blogger Tips and Tricks

RUTH said...

Popped over from Elsie...what a clever idea! Will take a look later at some of your Blogger hints and tips...I need all the help I can get!....LOL

Peter said...

Hi Ruth,

Thanks for taking a look. Hope my other blogs especially Blogger Tips and Tricks will be of some help to you.

Peter (Blog*Star 2006 and 2007)
Blogger for Dummies