Do you cringe at the thought of how many holiday cards are tossed in the recycling (or worse, the trash bin) come January 1st? If you're trying to be more waste-conscious, or have friends and family who are, you might want to consider alternatives to traditional greeting cards. After all, you're not a grinch. But the struggle to maintain your waste-conscious lifestyle during the holidays and still join in the generous spirit of the season is real.
Of course you can use a service like Paperless Post to send digital greetings, but if you'd like to send something more tangible, here are 5 holiday cards that won't end up in the landfill
Something to Grow
Seedy Cards: "Let's Make Out"
This adorably blunt card packs the added punch of growing up to ten types of wildflowers (or herbs— you pick) when it's planted like a seed inside soil. (Etsy, $5)
Some Things to Show
Reyn Paper Co: Fox Ornament Card
This Scandinavian folk-inspired card transforms into a whimsical fox ornament, certain to bedeck your tree or be displayed around your home for many holiday seasons to come. (Etsy, $20 for 6)
Cardtorial: Shine Bright
This laser-cut sustainable wood card displays an encouraging message suitable for year-round display as a piece of artwork. (Cardtorial, $14)
Something for Chewing
Crunchkins: Dog Christmas
While eating the mail might not be the best habit to encourage in your dog, these hilarious cards — made from rawhide! — make me wish all my junk mail could become dog chow. (Crunchkins, $3.95)
Something for Re-Using
Merry Go Round: Reusable Greeting Cards
Happy Llamaka, Happy Llamadays, or whatever greeting you choose, because this awesome reusable card has tabs for you to insert your very own piece of paper + message. The recipient simply enjoys your message, removes the paper, and inserts their own when it's time to reuse the card. (Merry Go Round, $5.95)
And... if still you'd love to just send out a boatload of traditional holiday cards minus the guilt, then check out Paper Culture, where they use sustainable materials, run a carbon neutral biz, and plant a tree for every order. Oh, they'll also mail your cards for you. You're welcome.