Paperless Post: A Minimalist Approach to Sending Mail

by | Jan 5, 2018 | Minimalism | 0 comments

Paperless PostWe’re all about sustainability here at Mostly Mindful. We do our best to avoid excess packaging, we eat plant-based, we buy earth-friendly and as much as possible, we live lightly.

So when the guys at Paperless Post asked if we’d like to test-drive their service in return for a review we were like hell to the yeah, we’re up for that. I mean, paperless post, how cool would that be?

I get the double-standards though, given our #FromCapeTownWithLove postcard project. But I think there’s a place for both. If you’re sending one-off cards like we are, then there’s nothing wrong with snail mail.

Like I said, double standards.

But let’s say you want to send out 223 Happy New Year cards to your subscribers (or friends, I hear some people have that many), then Paperless Post is definitely the way to go.

Imagine buying and writing out cards for that many people? Yikes, my hand is cramping just thinking about it. Plus, you still have to put stamps on all those cards. That’s a forest of trees right there!

Sending and Tracking Mail

With Paperless Post all you need are the recipients’ email addresses and you’re good to go. You can upload them with a CSV file or copy and paste them. Easy peasy. Even I managed without Sporty’s help.

There’s also no risk of your card or invite getting lost like there is when you go old school. Paperless Post has smart online tools for things like RSVP tracking and guest messaging to help you keep on top of your mail. For example, I can see that of the 223 cards we sent, 131 have been opened and one of them bounced.

I’m assuming the 91 who haven’t yet opened their cards are still on holiday. *cocks eyebrow suspiciously*

Designing Your Card

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This is the fun part. But be warned, there are so many cool options that you can easily fall headlong into the wormhole of Designlandia. Before you know it an entire morning will have passed as you tried out different colors and designs. And that’s before you even get to the envelope, where more choices await you.

Along cards, you can also send invitations for kids, adults, baby showers, weddings or just for the heck of it. I mean, who doesn’t want to celebrate the last Monday of the week, right? Oh ja, you can also send flyers if you have an event you’d like to share or you want to announce the opening of your vegan deli.

How Much Does it Cost?

That’s always the big question and with good reason. We want to make sure we’re getting our moolah’s worth, after all. What’s cool about Paperless Post is that you can totally design according to your pocket.

If you don’t have a lot of cash to spare, you can choose a simple design and opt to omit the envelope from the equation. On the other hand, if you feel like splurging there are plenty of bells and whistles to add to your creation to make it gorgeous.

There are paid and free options available as well, so check out their pricing structure to find out what’s best for you. It’s a huge amount of fun. If you have a birthday or event coming up, give it a try. You won’t be sorry.

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