Acorn Designs, Since 1981


Acorn Designs In A Nutshell

We at Acorn are dedicated to the idea of preserving our planet. We believe that it is a business’s responsibility to be a concerned neighbor...that the bottom line is not just profit but rather includes a relationship with the world. Economic stability only makes sense when ecological stability is also considered as part of our consumer patterns. Planetary sustainability is part of our decision-making process when choosing papers, packaging, buildings, and technologies.

At Acorn Designs we use the most ecological papers we can find in an effort to help conserve the world’s renewable and non-renewable resources, reduce pollution and limit our negative impact on climate change.

Here at Acorn, our goals are simple. We want to earn a living in an ethical way. We want to offer products that encourage peace and help others learn about the natural world. Also, we want to offer ecologically-minded artists an outlet for their work. We chose the Acorn for our symbol because it suggests integrity, simplicity, and creative potential.

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For The Love of Nature

With every image printed on Acorn Designs products, a story accompanies it... be it scientific details or natural history or even poetry evoked by the artists’ rendition of the natural world.

The products are as much educational as they are beautiful and inspiring.

Our hope is to make your world bigger, wider, richer for you right there in your day-to-day. The more connected we are to the natural world, the more we will all work to preserve and protect it.

Thank you for letting us be a part of your experience.

Acorn products feature over 500 original designs from over 60 artists around the world.
Acorn products feature over 500 original designs from over 60 artists around the world.

"I just want to tell you how happy I am with my cards! They are gorgeous! Also, I like the information slip on the back a lot – really neat. Also, It's wonderful what you all are doing for the environment... crucial. I just love the designs." - Gwen, Stratford, CT

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Products made with 100% Recycled Papers

There is an ecological story behind every product we consume. Paper casts a large ecological shadow, from the gathering of the source material through its pulping, bleaching and processing. With that in mind, as a paper goods business, we want to make the best choices possible for how our business impacts this world we hold so dear.

We are committed to using 100% post-consumer recycled papers when available for all of our products. Although this increases our costs (sometimes more than four-fold), we can’t imagine making any other choice and we hope you feel the same.

We source most of our papers from an incredible carbon-neutral mill that utilizes innovative manufacturing processes to mine the “urban forest” with the least amount of impact on the environment and its natural resources. From biogas energy to closed-loop water and hydrogen peroxide bleaching processes, their recycled paper is one of the most environmentally sustainable in North America.  Check them out at

All of our printing and binding of our journals happens right down the road from our studio in the lovely hamlet of Lodi, NY with a small printer who has been serving the Finger Lakes for over 30 years.

You can rest assured that you are making a spending choice that does the least harm when you buy any product from Acorn Designs.