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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9 Responses to 10 Eco-Friendly Holiday Card Ideas

  1. I think this is a great idea for the holiday. I don’t think people realize how much paper we waste during these times of the year. My friends and I have done things such as recirculating cards around as kind of a joke, but also to stop wasting money and paper. We see how long the cards last before someone loses it and it has to be replaced. We also try to keep gift bags and reuse them the following year instead of constantly buying new ones. Every little bit helps, right?!

  2. Lovely ideas Lynn. I totally love the seed cards.
    Also, instead of sending a pre-made e-card one can make their own out of a photo he/she has taken!

  3. Jan Hunt says:

    See the brand new ecard site Drawn to Give at – they’re raising money for several causes and charities – including our Natural Child Project. Great cards!

  4. karen says:

    I sent 45 eCards today in less than 20 minutes. 2 year membership cost me $18 with Ojolie,com and I can use them for all occasions for two years. It’s cheap and wastes less energy than if I had sent paper cards to all those people! And it’s personal since I added our family photo and personalized greeting. I am never sending regular paper cards again! If I have e-mail addresses, they are receiving eCards. And for those I don’t have e-mail addresses for, the seed cards sound great!

  5. Shruti says:

    I love the idea of personalized greeting cards. Post My Greetings( is another site, which is quiet affordable and have various category cards.

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