At Dauphine Press, we delight in every detail of creating beautiful and memorable letterpress invitations and stationery in a sustainable manner. We do everything in-house, from design to printing to lining envelopes. Whether you select an invitation from the pages of our invitation portfolios in stores across the country or from the pages of our website, your letterpress invitation from Dauphine Press will be as gorgeous as it is green.
Our house paper is SAVOY which we favor for several reasons:
it is beautiful yet strong
it prints and foil stamps beautifully
it is 100% tree free, sustainable and archival
it is acid free, recyclable, biodegradeable & elemental chlorine free
it comes in two shades, two weights and has matching 100% cotton envelopes
GORGEOUS & GREEN
No new cotton has been grown to make SAVOY paper. The fluffy part of the cotton plant is used to make fabric; the seed in the center is used to make cottonseed oil; and the linters, the "lovely leftovers" between these processes, are used to make paper. The cotton is 100% recovered, a by-product of the textile industry. The paper is 100% tree-free, and the result is 100% wonderful. Cotton requires fewer natural resources to grow, and consumes much less energy and resources to make into paper than fibers processed from trees or bamboo. Cotton linters are leftovers that would otherwise be discarded as landfill - instead of going to waste, they are made into the beautiful, tactile paper that is the canvas for all of our stunning designs. Cotton paper is also recyclable as any other type of paper.
Our clients are often surprised to find out that a typical invitation order uses about a teaspoon of ink. Our rubber-based inks are rich and opaque and contain approximately 30% vegetable oil with very low VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds). In our experience, soy inks are too transparent to print properly and the crisp quality of our printing is compromised by soy inks which are too thin. Soy inks were developed for newer printing technologies which require a thinner consistency. We clean the ink off our presses with California Wash, a low-VOC solvent. Used solvents are disposed of through a licensed environmental waste company.
VINTAGE EQUIPMENT, MODERN SENSIBILITIES
The tactile appeal of letterpress is greater than ever - especially on our luscious eco-papers. Our presses are vintage - they are all a bit older than we are, rescued from various print shops in Northern California. These presses were built to last, and are enjoying their second career. Letterpress printing is inherently eco-friendly, using no water and few consumable supplies.
REDUCE, REUSE, RECYCLE
Our pressmen are efficient in setting up our presses to minimize paper spoilage so your invitation order will have as small a footprint as possible. We tightly manage our raw materials and we monitor our energy use wisely. We reuse papers that are large enough to fit back through the press and we recycle what can't be reused or donated. We also work with our clients to specify 100% PCW (Post-Consumer Waste) recycled papers for many of our commercial printing projects. Our eco-chic line of greeting cards in partnership with Madison Park Greetings is a perfect example.