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Environmentally Friendly Christmas Cards

By: Christine Whitfield BA (hons) - Updated: 20 Oct 2011 | comments*Discuss
Christmas Cards Festive Season

For most people sending Christmas cards is an important part of the festive season. It’s a nice and easy way of showing people you’re thinking about them and wishing them well. However, few people stop to think about the damage those Christmas cards are doing to the environment. At the end of the festive season most of us throw out the cards and all of that paper is wasted.

To do your bit for the environment you could take your cards to be recycled after the Christmas season is over – and you could start as you mean to go on and actually use environmentally friendly Christmas cards to begin with.

Send E-Cards

Technology plays a major part in almost all of our lives so why not make it play a big part in your festive celebrations too by sending e-cards instead of traditional ones. E-cards come in all sorts of great designs from sentimental to funny to cute and can be sent in a matter of minutes. An email will be sent to the recipient to alert them to the fact they have received an e-card. He or she can then click on a link taking them to the e-card you have sent. It’s quick and easy and doesn’t waste any paper.

Use Old Cards for Gift Tags

Another way to help the environment is to make use of your old Christmas cards instead of just throwing them away. Why not use them to make gift tags for your presents next Christmas. Not only is this cheaper than buying gift tags but it also wastes less paper. Simply cut out the pictures from the front of the card and write on the back.

Cards Made from Recycled/Reclaimed Paper

If you enjoy buying Christmas cards but still want to help the environment then you can opt for cards made from recycled or reclaimed paper. Many larger stores stock a range of environmentally friendly Christmas cards and they come in some beautiful designs. They sometimes cost a little more than ordinary cards but they only use recycled paper so are much better for the environment.

Sending Christmas cards is a lovely part of the season and for many people Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without them. But as we all become more conscious of our environment and the damage we are doing to it, it is important that we consider alternatives to our traditional cards. E-cards may not be your thing but opting for recycled cards is a good way of keeping up a tradition while doing your bit for the world.

If you’re feeling particularly creative then why not try making your own cards? Buy some recycled paper and design your cards in any way you like. You could even get the kids involved. Friends and relatives will love receiving your special home-made cards and you get to make them say anything you wish. Get creative and make your next Christmas an extra special one with a personal, ‘green’ touch.

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