The best and greenest way to go when it comes to holiday greeting cards is to skip the store-bought paper cards and send e-cards or make homemade cards with recycled paper and other art supplies you already have on hand. However, since the holidays are quickly approaching, and since some people do green store-bought cards, here are some eco-friendly holiday greeting card ideas…
Greener Peace Wreath: This simple, yet sweet card is designed by Hello Little One for Tiny Prints. It’s meant for businesses, but could be customized for anyone. Tiny Prints uses 30% post consumer content paper for both their Signature Recycled Matte and their Textured White & Textured Ecru paper cards. Their Studio Basics Smooth Matte designs are printed on FSC-certified paper. See other fun Tiny Print holiday cards below.
- Snowy Reindeer
- Traditional Wonder
- Three Wishes (designed by the delightful Night Owl Paper Goods!)
- Stylish Birds
- Sheer Collage
Night Owl Paper Goods is one of my favorite unique green shops. Not only are their holiday cards 100% adorable, but they make their cards with sustainable birch wood or 100% reclaimed & recycled cotton from the garment industry and use eco-friendly processes. You can also get personalized family holiday cards.
Paper Culture holiday cards are modern and eco friendly – featuring exclusive designs, premium quality and 100% recycled paper. They have a lot of cute cards to choose from, but this year two of my faves are Colored Snowflakes and Little Frosty.
Twisted Limb Paperworks has many wonderful holiday cards and this company is super green. They make 100% recycled paper using combinations of recycled office paper, junk mail and used grocery bags. Water used in the paper making process is recycled from the company’s dehumidifiers and air conditioner whenever possible and no extra fake colors are added to the paper. Envelopes, reply cards, and cardstock invitations are 100% recycled. Check out the Golden Shimmer Handmade Paper Ornament which doubles as a card and resembles an antique glass ball decoration (an awesome deal too – 8 cards + frost envelopes for under $23!)
Smock makes some of the most beautiful holiday cards on the planet and uses eco-friendly materials and practices, such as bamboo paper, bamboo envelopes, 50% post-consumer polyester boxes and sustainable offsetting. They also use only vegetable-oil based and low-Volatile Organic Compound (VOC) inks and plant trees for the planet, among many other eco-practices. See their lovely designs below.
- Peace Love & Joy boxed letterpress folded cards
- Igloo boxed letterpress folded cards
- Snowflake single greeted offset folded card
Green Field Paper Company offers both handmade paper and machine made hemp paper along with seed embedded paper (embedded with wildflower seeds). This year, their holiday collection has expanded and is totally adorable. I like their Grow-A-Note Snow Birds and Grow-A-Note Hibiscus Turtle.
All Positively Green cards are “green manufactured” to leave the lightest possible environmental footprint. Plus, 10% of the profits are donated to organizations that protect our environment and fight global warming. They have many holiday cards to choose from, but I like Exhilarate the spirit! holiday package set