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Finding Recycled Personal Checks

written by: Shelia Odak•edited by: BStone•updated: 10/14/2010

Even with online banking and bill pay, there are some occasions when you can't avoid writing a personal check. When that time comes, invest in recycled personal checks, which are not only eco-friendly, but also widely available at reasonable prices.

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    Paper vs. Plastic

    While many people whip out a credit or debit card for every purchase, there are others who refuse to give up their checkbook. In addition, there are some occasions where writing a check is a must. For all of these situations, making the choice to go green when it comes to personal checks is an easy choice that offers a big impact on the environment.

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    The Production of an Eco-Friendly Check

    Recycled personal checks are created from recycled paper, and most are printed with soy-based inks. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency reports that recycling one ton of paper saves 3.3 cubic yards of landfill space, 7,000 gallons of water, and six months worth of energy for the average home. Using a product made from recycled paper is an easy way to protect the Earth by saving trees, water, and energy.

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    Where to Find

    There are many companies that offer green options when it comes to your personal checks. Shop around to get the best prices and to see the many different design options.

    The Check Gallery bills itself as the leading earth-friendly personal check source. New customers get a special offer, and ordering a second box of checks costs only a dime. The company features many check designs including a line that helps support causes such as the National Breast Cancer Foundation, the Humane Society of the U.S., the Make-a-Wish Foundation, and others. This makes it easy to go green while supporting a good cause.

    The Bradford Exchange, a respected and well-known name, offers a line of recycled checks that are printed with messages about preserving the environment. Each check uses the Bradford Exchange’s premium-quality check printing techniques.

    Checks Unlimited, one of the nation’s top direct-check manufacturers, has an eco-friendly line of recycled checks in four different styles, including an option that features favorite cartoon characters celebrating the environmental movement. The company offers a 100% satisfaction guarantee.

    The company Checks in the Mail has a unique selection of checks that are printed on paper that contains 30% post-consumer fiber. Customers are allowed to order up to four boxes of checks at a time in order to reduce their carbon footprint.

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    How Much Do Recycled Checks Cost?

    The easiest way to get recycled personal checks is through online sources. These companies will save you a bundle as opposed to ordering checks from your bank. A box of recycled personal checks costs anywhere from approximately $13 for a box of one-part checks up to about $25 for a box of duplicate checks. Prices vary among the different sellers, and most companies offer special incentives, coupons, or multi-box deals that can help lower the overall price. It pays to shop around and look for online coupons and specials before placing an order.

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    Resources

    Check Gallery: http://www.checkgallery.com/Home.aspx

    The Bradford Exchange: http://www.bradfordexchangechecks.com/bec/store_main.jsp

    Checks Unlimited: http://www.checksunlimited.com/