Recycled Greeting Cards

Recycled Christmas Cards.

Use Recycled Christmas Cards.

When Sir Henry Cole made some printed Christmas cards in 1846 to save him from writing dozens of cards by hand, he did not think that billions of people worldwide would follow his idea. Greeting cards have then developed into a big industry that today, in US alone, there are 3,000 greeting card publishers, with 7 billion greeting cards bought through each year.  During Christmas American send 1.9 billion cards, making it the largest card-sending occasion in the United States.

300,000 trees are cut down to fulfill the demand of Christmas cards in US each year.

If you are touching a Christmas Card today, whether you are  sending  or receiving one, just imagine  the number of trees that have been chopped down to enable us exchanging the good wishes.   The price of Christmas cards are very affordable,  but think of the environmental cost we will all have to pay.  Choose recycled Christmas cards, which are tree-less or even tree-free.

You can make you own recycled Christmas cards from used Christmas Cards, Paper grocery bags, other used papers added with some photos from magazine or catalog. Use all your creativity to make fine recycled cards.  These recycled Christmas cards will even bear the touch of personalized messages. Those who receive your recycled Christmas cards will understand that you have personally made the cards yourself and they will appreciate your making green aim.

The other way to get recycled Christmas cards is buying them. There are many Christmas cards made of recycled paper or recycled cards   (namely post consumer waste or PCW) available on stores or online greeting cards seller.  With the increasing awareness of the environmental effects, recycled Christmas cards are more welcome than their colleagues of virgin-pulp.

If you make your recycled Christmas cards, you will cut more “tree footprint” and “carbon footprint”  than when you buy recycled cards. This is because your self-made recycled Christmas cards are 100% tree-free while manufactured “recycled” Christmas cards are not always purely made of 100% recycled paper pulp. Many products sold as “recycled cards” may use a mix of recycled fiber pulp / pre-consumer waste and virgin wood pulp. Check the labels to know the percentage of PWC, if possible look also for the chlorine-free products to have an even more eco friendly cards.

Environmental Benefits Recycled Christmas Cards :

If you are sending recycled Christmas cards this year, you have:

  • Saved virgin sources like pulp, water and fuel.
  • Lessened garbage thus saving landfill space.
  • If all American send one card fewer from their card list, the saving will make 50,000 cubic yards of paper. This will result the same saving if each American make 1 recycle card instead of buying a new one.
  • Minimized the industrial pollution and emission. Paper industry is the 3rd carbon emitter in US.

What You Should Do

Approximately 25-30 millions Christmas tree are chopped down at every Christmas in US, and the production of Christmas cards has add the number significantly. Think also the wrapping paper and packages used to send your Christmas gifts, how many more trees are to sacrifice for Christmas?  Try to reduce your tree-footprint, use recycled Christmas cards where possible. Trees are created to absorb and store carbon, not to send your wishes.

Another benefit from using recycled Christmas cards is it saves your money. However, you can send your Christmas wishes to your loved ones, colleagues, business relation or  anybody computer- literate, in a totally tree-less  and cheaper way : E-card.

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