Each year, as many as 2 billion holiday cards are mailed in the U.S. between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day, generating enough waste to fill a football field 10 stories high, according to California’s lead recycling agency. But don’t think you have to sacrifice your annual holiday card to keep your festivities eco-friendly. We’ve found seven holiday cards that are better for the planet, but still merry and fun: from electronic greetings to cards you can compost.
1. Care2 ecards
Spread holiday cheer through your email inbox – and eliminate paper waste and shipping pollution – with Care2’s collection of “ecards” for Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Winter Solstice or New Year’s. Choose from an animated card with Santa and his reindeer or add your own photo to one of Care2’s photo ecards.
Not only is each Care2 ecard free, but you also earn credits for each card you send. Credits can be redeemed for donations to one of Care2’s partner nonprofit organizations – many of which support environmental programs – making this holiday card option even more eco-friendly.