Tweedle Press is unlike most printing services. Located in America's green city of Chicago, IL, their unique eye for creativity and eco practices makes this Green Bride Guide vendor a true standout. In a one-on-one interview with rockstar owner Nina Bell, we discussed green business practices and one of a kind ways to create stylish and environmentally friendly wedding invitations and stationery.
What inspired your mission to be the world’s most eco-friendly printers?
Oh, that is a long story! At a certain point in my life I tried to live in a more simple way which rolled into my business. I read various materials about green lifestyles and got really into it. The more I read and learned, the more it became my life.
What is the most outrageous wedding design you have done?
I created a tri-fold show poster invitation for a couple. The invitation looked like a vintage show poster that folded out three times!
What other printing services do you have that brides may be interested in?
Tweedle also offers eco-friendly letter press printing, eco-friendly flat printing, edge painting, hand bordering, & beveling--plus so much more.
Your site states, “Part of running a sustainable business is continuing to evolve and set new standards for ourselves.” How have you evolved since 2008, and what advice would you give other printing services that would like to take the first step in going green?
I would advise other printing services and brides to really research and understand the terminology. It can be very misleading so it is important to read the fine print!
I have tried several different inks since our beginning in 2008 before landing on the most green and functional; vegetable based ink. I originally started with 1 press and now have 3. Tweedle has also moved from a corner warehouse to the shop we are currently in which follows very strict environmental guidelines including 100% wind power electricity and using 100% recycled paper in the office.
What are the rewards in running a sustainable business?
It’s becoming more frequent that people are looking for something sustainable. It is exciting to work with those people and they tend to be the most creative. I had a couple who brought in all their junk mail and we turned it into invitations for their guests. We then turned RSVP prints into thank you cards. There is a reward in helping the environment in a creative way.