About Us

The Paper People is a family-run business based in Dunedin, Aotearoa. We started The Paper People out of a desire to create a range of greeting cards that are designed and made in NZ and are kind on our planet.

Bronwen in our home studio in Dunedin with Luna our cat

All our greeting cards are printed in Auckland using beautiful eco-friendly stock and a digital offset printing method which gives a very soft matt finish much like traditional printing methods. The ink itself is compostable. Printing digitally means we can print small runs with no wastage and the printer is carbon neutral - how cool is that. Our gift cards are not what you’d find in the supermarket, and more importantly they haven’t been shipped from the other side of the world. 

The paper we use for our greeting cards is certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) - this means we can source the paper we use right back to the forest where it came from -  and our printer is Chain of Custody certified for printing on FSC® or PEFC paper stocks. We’ve taken great care to ensure everything including our packaging is recyclable. That’s why (though it looks awesome and as designers we love it) we’ve stayed away from any foiling with our designs as they usually can’t be recycled.

Here is a bit more about The Paper People as seen in The Otago Daily Times.
Here is a story about our journey with a mentor and growing the business.

We’re also trying to make a difference to Aotearoa's forests and trees through partnering up with the charity Million Metres. For every gift card we sell we will give a donation towards planting native trees along and around the waterways of our beautiful country. You can see our Paper & Trees page for more information on the project we’re supporting

Our initial range has been all designed in house but we are also in the process of creating ranges of cards with designers and artists from around the country. As The Paper People grows the number of people involved will grow too. If you think you’d like to be involved get in touch!

So if you’re looking for cards that are designed with you in mind, that are sustainably produced and are shipped free to your door, then look no further!

Johnny & Bronwen