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11.04.2016

6 Places To Shop Eco Christmas Cards

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Can't you believe it's November already? On one hand I feel like this year has completely flown by, on the other hand I feel like so much has happened since I rang in the New Year in London. And this means it's time to start preparing for the holidays, especially if you are married to a crazy Italian family like I am!

Before I moved to America, Christmas was a very low-key event for me, especially since I was the only Christian in my family. I would go to church service and exchange gifts with a few close friends, but it was never anything to be stressed about. Christmas here is a full production, with over-the-top gift giving and having to make a list of grandparents, parents, siblings, aunts, uncles, cousins, family friends and people in our community group, family and friends back home... I'm already hyperventilating at the thought of it.


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I am not a fan of how commercialized the holidays here are and think it's very much not what Christmas is about. Christmas cards can take a lot of time and effort to execute, especially when I think how most people probably spend no more than 10 seconds looking at them before adding them to the pile. 

That said, I do respect that it's part of the culture and realize it's just one of those things that has to get done, so I try to be thoughtful and intentional about what I write inside them (until I hit the tenth card, haha!). It's also another opportunity for me to cast my dollar vote and tell a story with my purchasing decisions, so here's a list of 6 places you can get eco Christmas cards from!

Good Paper wants to restore the human spirit with their business, and every card is handcrafted from recycled paper and hand-signed by women who escaped sex trafficking in the Philippines and young adults orphaned by disease in Rwanda. Your recipient will appreciate the textures and details in the cards and the pun-ny messages are just so clever. Think 'Peas on Earth', 'Fleece Navidad' and pop culture reference 'Sleigh my name, Sleigh my name'.
Manufactured in the USA, Tree Free's mission is to be the most environmentally friendly greeting card company on the market,. They have worked with environmentally sustainable fiber like kenaf, bamboo, hemp and sugarcane and now focus on using 100% post-consumer recycled paper to save the trees, plus they are also fully solar-powered and working to being carbon neutral. Some of the designs are dated, but there are plenty of cute animal cartoon designs for you to go with.
As a certified California Green Business, California Climate Leader Award Winner and carbon-neutral company, Paper Culture is leading the revolution by taking constructive action. Besides printing on 100% post-consumer recycled paper, they also plant a tree with every order made through their Cards to Trees initiative. If you enjoy beautiful designs with clean, sleek lines, look no further.
If I could get away with sending online cards, Paperless Post would get my vote. Siblings James and Alexa Hirshfield started the company to show that modern communication can still be personal and well-designed, and they collaborate with leading lifestyle and fashion designers like Rifle Paper Co., kate spade new york, Jonathan Adler and the like to bring you classy, customizable designs. Their collections are available online or printed, so you can choose to reach people through either medium.
Ten Thousand Villages connects you with artisans from all over the world, and every purchase supports their craft and provides them a fair, living wage so they can be self-sufficient members of their communities. I love that every card features the makers' story, meaning your connection to the artisans so much more tangible and meaningful. There is a wide selection of products in their online shop, so go ahead and pick up a few other gift items too!

Botanical Paperworks breathes a second life into your cards after the holidays are over, by using biodegradable eco-paper embedded with seeds, leaving behind wildflowers or herbs when planted (and zero waste!). I will point out that they are the only seed paper approved for planting in US, Canada, Europe and Australia, which means you don't have to worry about introducing invasive weeds and plants to foreign soils if you send the cards abroad. 
* Photo Cards available
I hope this list makes a good starting place, and let me know if you know of other great brands that I should include!
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P/S: If you're thinking of creative ways to recycle your Christmas cards, Better Homes has a guide with lots of great, crafty projects!
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