Eco-friendly holiday greeting cards

The best way to go when it comes to holiday greetings is to skip the paper and send e-cards, or make homemade cards with recycled paper you already have. However, since some people do like cards you can hold, here are some ideas…

Pear Tree Greetings – Pear Tree now offers fully recycled Christmas Cards made with 100% recycled material and that includes both the card and envelope. I like the ones below but they have a full selection to browse.

pear tree greetings


  • Alphabatize Your Priorities Recycled Holiday Card
  • Renewed Wishes Recycled Photo Holiday Card
  • Flower Power Recycled Photo Holiday Card
  • Christmas Two for One Recycled Holiday Card

Tiny Prints has beautiful holiday cards available from photo card greetings, to classic and contemporary designs, and even holiday cards designed just for kids and now 100% of their products and packaging feature eco-friendly recycled paper. Their paper varies though so make sure that you read the small print. Cards are made with either FSC-certified paper or at least 30% post-consumer waste. You can also customize print and photos on almost all cards. Below are some Tiny Print designs that will look amazing for the holidays.

holiday cards

Holiday Greetings and Stenciled Elegance

green holiday cards

Ornate Birds and Colorful Creations – kids coloring cards

recycled christmas cards

Festive Package and Snowy Sensation

Another good place to get cards is at Good Greetings, a company that uses 100% recycled, 50% post consumer waste paper for all their cards. They also use 100% digital short-run presses which significantly reduce paper waste and emit 90% less Volatile Organic Compounds. Nice! Below are three awesome holiday choices.

good greetings

night owl paper goods

Night Owl Paper Goods is one of my fave shops. They make sustainable birch wooden holiday cards (shown above, that yes, you can write on) plus this year are offering a mixed sustainably harvested wood & luxurious letterpress PLUS cards made with letterpress scraps and eco-friendly, sustainably harvested wooden bits, and so much more. You can even order custom cards.

Artecnica - Fairy Tail 6ft greeting cards by Tord Boontje

I hesitate to totally recommend this next card because it seems excessive but it’s really cool. Artecnica – Fairy Tail greeting cards by Tord Boontje – these are greeting cards that can stretch up to 6ft! Sort of like a sculpture / greeting card, Fairy Tail cards are available in 2 color combos: white/white or red/pink. Comes with a wood-free paper envelope.

Also check out…

  • Green Field Paper Company has some cute recycled hemp and plantable paper cards just for the holidays.
  • I like these basic Branch Note Cards – which I think are meant for spring, but I think they look winter-ready.

Later we’ll look at some easy homemade holiday cards you and the kiddos can make using recycled and natural materials.

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  1. Wendyla says

    There is a great eco-friendly and cost effective alternative to traditional Christmas cards from Cooliris. Not only are these cards customizable and great for the environment, they can be updated throughout the holiday season. As you add new photos, anyone accessing the card will get up to date photos that you add to keep them in synch with the holidays as they unfold. In four easy steps you can have a 3-D immersive holiday card to share:

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