Holiday cards are piled up on the kitchen counters. Wrapping paper pieces are all over the floors. Boxes are haphazardly stacked by the trashcan because your long-distance family members haven’t heard of gift cards yet. It must be time for the holidays!
Tired of all the “stuff” you’re collecting? From Thanksgiving to New Years Day, household waste increases by more than 25%. (Source: EPA) An estimated 2.6 billion holiday cards are sold each year in the United States, enough to fill a football field 10 stories high. (Source: CalRecycle)
Here at Bloomin, we decided to make a list of five alternative holiday cards that will make you feel better about all the holiday waste this year. Our requirements were that the Christmas cards had to be earth-friendly, use 100% recycled or no material, and be cute enough for you to make the change to an eco-friendly alternative!
- Bloomin Holiday Cards – plantable seed cards that grow flowers!
You heard it right! When you send one of our plantable cards, be assured that the recipient will be able to grow wildflowers, herbs, lettuce and even carrots! Bloomin cards have the highest germination rate of any seed card in the universe. You simply soak the paper overnight, then cover it with soil, water it, and you’ll see sprouts in 4 days. Not only are the cards handmade with 100% post-consumer recycled material, but the ink is water soluble as well. Even if the recipient decides not to plant their holiday card (why wouldn’t you!?), it easily biodegrades over time, leaving just the seeds behind. The paper factory is also 100% solar powered in Boulder, CO. $3.49 each.
- Paper Culture – a tree is planted for every purchase
Not only are their cards made from 100% post-consumer recycled paper, but they plant a tree for each and every purchase. Paper Culture’s mission is to plant 1 million trees in the US National Forest. Each customer has an opportunity to dedicate a tree with every purchase. Their facilities are operated on wind-power and they offset their carbon emissions by purchasing carbon credits. $2.59 each.
- Paperworks Studio – support a marginalized group with your purchase
Paperworks is a program of Goodwill and they create one of a kind 100% recycled eco-friendly Christmas cards. The organization employs “artists” with physical or emotional disabilities to hand-create each card. They’re providing a way for this marginalized group to support themselves in a supportive and creative community. $4.99 each.
- Night Owl Paper Goods – these cards won’t be thrown away
These cards are printed on eco-friendly, sustainably-harvested wood. Unlike most holiday cards, these will not be thrown away after the holidays! Printed on birch wood, cedar wood, or cherry wood at 1/32” thickness, this is a card that will actually make it into the “memories” box. $6.71 each with a 15 card minimum purchase.
- Jibjab.com – 0% waste holiday cards
Avoid holiday waste this season by going digital. Jib Jab isn’t the typical cheesy e-card either. You’re able to insert a picture of your friend’s face into any of the characters in the Christmas card. Our favorite is the “macareindeer” where you can cast up to 5 people to become dancing reindeers to the Macarena song. Ridiculous, hysterical, and saves paper. Free to send an e-greeting or pay $12/year for unlimited access.