E-card, the Paperless Greeting Card
At every end of the year, post offices in big cities all over the world suddenly get hectic as if they were caught on fire. As if forgot about the practical E-card, during that time people rush to the post office, crazily send as many cards as they could. They mail Christmas cards to all their family, relatives, business colleagues, friends and even the next door neighbors, both the loved and the hated ones. At the same period, they will receive similar mailed cards from the same people they have sent the cards to. Consequently billions of greeting cards are produced and exchanged worldwide. No surprise, the industry of greeting cards has been developing into a multi-billion dollar industry; in US alone there are more 3,000 publishers, with production of about 7 billion greeting cards annually, while U.K. has about 800 publishers producing 1.5 billion greeting cards per year.
If line up end to end, annual purchased greeting cards in just 2 countries, US and UK, can encircle the world 54 times.
Here are a few more interesting facts about greeting card:
- Americans spend $ 7.5 billion on greeting cards annually.
- Christmas is the largest card-sending holiday in the United States - approximately more than 3 billion cards are sent annually, while in U.K, in 2007, Christmas cards accounted for 43% of the annual volume of greeting cards
- The U.S. Postal Service delivers about 20 billion pieces of mail between Thanksgiving and Christmas.
- An average household in America will mail out 28 Christmas cards each year and see 28 eight cards return in their place while the average number of greeting cards sent in UK is 31 per person per year.
- 10,000 trees are cut down annually in China to make holiday cards. (Xinhua News Agency)
Like other paper products, greeting cards have unfavorable impacts to the environment, both from their production and disposal. The massive production certainly requires vast amount of paper pulp, fuel and water. Although many greeting cards publishers claim to include recycling paper fiber in their products, paper production still consumes 20% of total wood harvest worldwide, with 93% paper made from virgin pulp (World Watch Institute). The Department of Energy estimates that the paper manufacturing industry is the nation’s fourth-largest emitter of carbon dioxide and it uses approx. 324 L. of water to produce 1 Kg. of paper. (Environment Canada).
So why not use a friendly way to send your good wishes this Christmas, a paperless way, a way that is not harming our planet. Trees have a more essential task, absorbing and storing CO2, than just sending our wishes. Use Electronic Card or E-card instead.
The benefits of E-Card for the environment:
- E-Card is paperless, therefore it does not consume tree and water.
- Sending E-card does not need transportation that generates CO2 emission.
- E-card does not create harmful waste, as printed card does in its production.
- No hazardous disposal, no landfill space needed.
The benefits of E-Card for you:
- It is free of charge, no postage needed, but arrives instantly. You can find many free E-cards service on the internet.
- You can send your Christmas E-Card from your desk, no need to go the post office, this can reduce your carbon footprint from transportation.
- E-card saves you from doing handwriting on piles of cards.
- E-Card saves your time, you can send lots E-Cards just in one click.
- Thousands of E-cards to choose, with wide range of animation for every occasion and some even provide sound effect.
- E-card allows you to personalize your card with your own photos and text.
Annual e-card sending industry-wide is estimated at less than 300 million. More than 20 paper cards are sent for every one e-card.
Just remember the billion numbers of greeting cards we send, how many trees are chopped down for that? E-card is a way to saves those trees. That means E-cards saves enormous CO2 from being tossed to the atmosphere. If you decide to send your cards through internet this year that means you have let the trees doing their sacred task. It’s so effortless, yet so useful for our planet.
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