For many families, the holidays just aren’t complete without a memorable holiday card or a festive party invitation. While your holiday greeting traditions should continue, we suggest that this year, why not help the environment while saving yourself time and money. We’ve come up with six easy ways to keep the annual holiday greeting card process as simple and eco-friendly as possible. Share the green love and let us know in the comment section below what your number one tip is to go green this holiday season!
1. Trim your list
Make it a more meaningful holiday this year. This means paring down your list to people currently in your lives. That may not include a former neighbor you haven’t talked to in 10 years. Just remember you’re doing it in the name of the environment.
The greenest option is to forgo printed cards and use an eCard. Choose from one of the 25,000 free e-cards available from Care2. Customize one for each person on your list or send one card to everyone. Each free card you send generates donations to environmental organizations.
Set up a holiday slideshow (complete with music or falling snowflakes) at Photobucket and email the link to family and friends. Photobucket has preset templates for Christmas, Hanukkah, or Kwanzaa.
You can also use sites like Evite and Punchbowl for holiday event invitations and party planning.
4. Eco-friendly photo cards
Minted has beautiful digitally printed eco-friendly photo cards. All their holiday cards are printed on 100% PCW recycled 130lb matte card stock. Minted is powered by wind power and the cards are FSC and GreenSeal and Green-E certified.
Believe it or not, Office Depot, has a large selection of recycled holiday cards available for customization. The site is easy to use and the amount of PCW is very transparent. You can find good coupons at RetailMeNot.
Enlist your kids’ help in making cards, ornaments or wreaths using newspapers, magazines, and recycled holiday cards. Every bit of paper you save, really adds up.
When the holidays are over don’t throw out those wonderful cards you receive. The children of St. Jude’s Ranch for Children can earn money by removing the fronts of these beautiful cards and make new ones.
If you’re looking for more easy, family-friendly tips on how to green the holidays click here.
— Noël Ehlers
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