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Treeless Paper?

It's one thing to recycle paper to save trees. But these stationery companies skip the tree part altogether, bringing green ambition to a new level.

Textile Waste
Among the companies that have come up with innovative wood-pulp alternatives, Massachusetts-based Crane & Co. recovers textile waste for its 100 percent cotton stationery and note cards.

Bamboo
The newly launched Smock makes its quirky, graphic letterpress stationery from sustainable bamboo paper printed with vegetable, low-VOC inks.

Elephant Dung
The most unconventional treeless paper comes from the Great Elephant Poo Poo Paper Company, which collects elephant dung -- particularly suited to paper-making due to the animal's fibrous diet -- to create stationery sets and notebooks. For the animals' generous "donations," the company gives a portion of profits to elephant welfare groups.

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