Christmas cards can have a big environmental impact but you don’t have to quit sending them to reduce that impact. These are some eco-friendly Christmas card options.
Christmas cards have been bringing people joy since the first Christmas cards were sent by an English man in 1843 and then become a holiday tradition a few decades later.
They can bring so much joy, especially now that we rarely get mail we want to read. I love seeing all the pretty cards and hearing how my friends and family are doing. The problem is Christmas cards have a significant environmental impact.
“We send enough Christmas cards that if we placed them alongside each other, they’d cover the world’s circumference 500 times. Per 1kg of wrapping paper, 3.5kg of CO2 is emitted for its production. Times that by the 227,000 tonnes we use yearly, and that’s outrageously contributing to our ever-growing carbon emissions.” – Business Leader
There are some great options that can help cut down on this impact and still allow you to send cards. You can choose cards made with recycled paper or even send ecards and skip the paper altogether. There are a lot of options now so you can still send the perfect cards.
Eco-Friendly Christmas Cards
These beautiful cards are hand drawn, handmade, and made of 100% recycled paper. Not only are these better for the environment but you are also supporting a small business.
If photo cards are more of your thing, check out Paper Culture. They made wonderful photo cards using 100% recycled cards and envelopes and they plant a tree for every order.
Another photo card and non-photo card option is Minted. They allow you to choose recycled paper for all of their cards. They also offer free addressing which can save you so much time!
If you want to choose the easiest and most eco-friendly option you want to check out Paperless Post. They have beautiful ecards that look like real cards. They are the nicest ecards I’ve found, you can even send photo cards, and the perfect option for anyone wanting to make that move.
More Eco-Friendly Christmas Resources
- 10 Tips for Reducing Your Waste During Christmas
- Eco-Friendly Advent Calendars
- How to Have a Plastic-Free Christmas
Do you send out cards for the holidays? Have you ever looked into sending eco-friendly cards? Share in the comments and join the conversation.