Do Your Part: Think of the environment when sending cards
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Don’t send another greeting card that will be trashed right after it’s opened. Next time, do your part and give a card that shows someone you care and helps takes care of the planet.
There are many times when we want to send a greeting card or note to a friend or family member. Here’s a fabulous idea: send a grow-a-note. These handmade cards have wildflower seeds embedded right in the paper and all you do is plant them, water them and watch them grow.
Greenfield Paper makes them and they have lots of varieties for every occasion from birthdays to Valentine’s Day to even beautiful blank ones. They’re eco-friendly and unique at the same time.
Or, if a more traditional card is what you’re looking for, check the back of it and make sure it is made with recycled content. Some Hallmark cards are now marked with a green icon to show that it is made from paper that comes from sustainably managed forests, recycled paper or other eco-friendly sources.
Another option: send an e-card. Many of the biggest card companies offer them for free now but different environmental organizations are getting in on they act.
The Arbor Day Foundation offers electronic cards called Give a Tree. For a small donation, they’ll send one to the person of your choice and a tree in one of our national forests will be planted in their name.
The World Wildlife Fund offers e-cards for free and so does the Nature Conservancy.
So, the next time you send off a note or card, do your part to show the person you’re sending it to that you really care.