Published on December 21st, 2011 | by Lynn Fang


10 Eco-Friendly Holiday Card Ideas

Holiday cards have been a staple part of the gift-giving season. In essence, they’re a way to express your appreciation for the loved ones in your life. Maybe this year you can even do without a holiday card, and express your appreciation in a totally unique way, custom fit for your relationship. You might want to make some edible gifts or upcycled crafts. But if you love holiday cards and are giving out lots of them this year, consider choosing ones that are more earth-friendly than cards printed on brand-new, chemically treated paper. Or, since Christmas is right around the corner, online e-cards don’t use any trees and are super quick to make and send. Here’s a list of 10 great sources of eco-friendly holiday cards.

Online eCards

American Greetings eCards

American Greetings has a great selection of cards for Christmas, Hanukkah, and New Year’s. They have animated eCards as well as traditional paper printed cards. You can choose to personalize yours with your own photos.

Blue Mountain eCards

Similar to American Greetings, Blue Mountain has a wide variety of eCards, including awareness + activism eCards for the eco-social minded friend. They also have a unique feature called Create & Print your own cards.

Ojolie eCards

Ojolie offers beautiful animated eCards in four different languages.

Ojolie eCards

Plantable Paper Cards

Green Field Paper Company: Plantable Holiday Cards

GreenField Paper Company Plantable Cards

Botanical PaperWorks: Seed Paper Holiday Cards

Botanical Paperworks Seed Paper Holiday Cards

Nature’s Gifts & More: Plantable Holiday Cards

Nature's Gifts & More: Plantable Holiday Cards

Handmade Seed Paper Christmas Cards

GrowMe Seed Paper Seeds 'N' Greetings

Bloomin’ Handmade Greeting Cards You Can Make

Make and Takes Bloomin' Handmade Greeting Card

Recycled Paper Cards

Pear Tree Recycled Paper Holiday Cards

Pear Tree Recycled Paper Holiday Cards

Paper Culture: 100% Post Consumer Recycled Paper

They plant a tree with every order!

Paper Culture Holiday Cards Recycled Paper

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