The holidays are the perfect time to reach out to people you haven’t seen in a while and send warm wishes near and far. The problem is that greeting cards can be a real nightmare. Beyond tracking down addresses and picking a photo where the whole family looks good, traditional greeting cards leave a nasty mark. Billions of holiday cards are sold each year in the U.S., and most are made from virgin paper and toxic inks that end up piled in the landfill come New Year’s.
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But don’t worry, there are plenty of sustainable options so you can send your good tidings without the stress or negative environmental impact.
More than anything, what your cards are made from matter. The cards below are all made without foil or glossy photo paper so they can be recycled when they’re done being enjoyed. They’re also glitter-free since glitter is typically made from plastic and is impossible to recycle (not to mention to get it out of your house or off your skin).
Don’t buy one of those cheap advent calendars made with foil and plastic either—make your own festive DIY version:
From recycled paper to upcycled fabric to e-cards that feel like the real thing, you can’t go wrong with these seasonal greetings.