3 Green Holiday Greeting Card Ideas—Cut the Waste, Keep the Thought

By Micaela Strömbäck Vujica
Micaela Strömbäck Vujica
Micaela Strömbäck Vujica
December 4, 2013 Updated: March 14, 2019

In the days of online socializing, getting a card or letter in the mail—finding something other than bills or flyers in your mailbox—can be a real treat.

The Greeting Card Association website states that Americans buy 1.6 billion Christmas cards each year. This would require harvesting roughly 300,000 trees.

Here are some eco-friendly ways to share good wishes this season.


1. Make Your Own Card With Recycled Material

Making your own cards is more personal and it can be a fun holiday activity for the whole family. You can use paper grocery bags, old cards, and a variety of other reusable materials.

Here’s some inspiration and an example of what kinds of suitable materials you can find around your house.

On the flip side, here’s a tutorial on how to make ornaments out of old holiday cards.


2. Buy Eco-Friendly Cards

If you aren’t the crafty type or you don’t have the time to make cards, you can buy eco-friendly cards instead.

Look for cards that use soy ink, recycled paper, or post-consumer recycled paper. Also choose the smaller-sized cards.

Here are some websites that sell eco-friendly cards.

Pear Tree Greetings

Cards Direct

Cards for Causes

She’s Batty Design also sells eco-friendly cards on Etsy.


3. Send E-Cards

Epoch Times Photo
A holiday e-card by Jacquie Lawson titled “Midnight Clear.”

It may not be quite as special as getting a card in the mail, but it is nice on the environment.

Jacquie Lawson cards are not free, but they are classy and often bring the recipient a moment of peace. Many e-cards such as Hallmark eCards are free, and others cost about a dollar or more. Here are some other options for e-cards:

Blue Mountain

123 Greetings

Care 2



Green Gift Ideas for Ethical, Eco-Conscious Holidays

Eco-Friendly Christmas Trees: 8 Greener Options


*Image of a homemade card via Shutterstock


Micaela Strömbäck Vujica
Micaela Strömbäck Vujica