Would you like to know where to find recycled greetings cards? It’s really important to try to find cards that are made from recycled or tree-free paper and not wrapped in plastic, to help our planet, forests and simply because it’s nicer? Most people prefer a real card, and these choices help support local artisans too.
Sustainable forests just mean tearing down old growth forests, then replacing them with fast-growing trees that support little wildlife, and also usually use lots of pesticides. Avoid cards made with foil or glitter, as these cannot be recycled.
- These pretty British insect cards are made from recycled paper, in lovely colours.
- WEARTH London offers a lovely line of tree-free or recycled greetings cards. By selling cards made from post-consumer recycled paper, they save trees, water, energy, solid waste and greenhouse gases, in huge amounts.
- You could send charity cards (support local ones, not the big guns that spend money on company cars and animal testing). These are not always recycled, but mostly are. Try Humane Research Trust (which funds humane medical research) and Norfolk’s Hillside Animal Sanctuary for nice cards.
- Send a card made from elephant dung (collection helps preserve their wellbeing, as locals get paid for it, rather than getting angry at elephants eating crops).
- Whistlefish offer gorgeous cards. The company has recently switched to all recycled paper, and they are also free from plastic wrap.
- Arthouse Limited sells fun cards on recycled paper, made by a collective of people with health challenges, so they are empowered to earn through interesting creative jobs.
- Blank Inside offers recycled cards and gift wrap, made in an old Sussex brewery. These use eco inks, with bamboo or recycled coffee cups, and are sent in biodegradable wrap.
- Alice Palace offers gorgeous recycled gift wrap and some cards, all powered by green energy. These are really fun by a talented artist – forest friends to London cabs.
- If you send e-cards, Enviropledge cards can be personalised, and they plant a tree for each order. Don’t Send Me A Card sends an e-card and generates a donation to the charity of your choice.
Wildflower Plantable Cards
These are embedded with wildflower seeds, so after use you can just bury them in the garden to grow a garden. Sounds good, but many wildflowers are toxic to wildlife. So if you receive one, see make your garden safe for pets to know ones to avoid (only send to pet-free homes). Two good brands are Seedlings Cards (Hertfordshire) and Summer Lane Studio (Scotland).
Make Your Own Greetings Cards
There’s only good in doing this is you avoid all the crap from hobby stores, glue, foil etc. If you make them, use up junk mail and use minimal Coccoina nontoxic glue (avoid tin version as the brush has boar bristles: all glue is toxic to pets).
- Paper Flower Note Cards shows how to create Japanese-inspired paper flower cards. The reusable templates includes 30 dazzling designs, and the petals gently splay, when the cards are opened.
- Pop-Up Cards offers 50 simple designs from children’s birthday cards with wheels, to get-well wishes (revealed with the pull of a tab) and gift boxes that change shape, when the card is opened.