Eco-Friendly and USA Made Christmas Cards
I love Christmas cards. They seem to be dying out along with all “snail-mail,” and true, the best way to make them eco-friendly would be to just not send them at all. Yet, they are a part of the holiday season that I relish and have adopted as tradition. I enjoy their now “old school” personal touch that seems more heart-felt and intentional than a Facebook post.
So the other day while shopping in Lowe’s for paint, I “accidentally” ended up dreamily wandering in their Christmas section and found the perfect Christmas card at the perfect price until I flipped it over and read: MADE IN CHINA. My heart sank as I stared at the cute red bicycle-snowy Christmas scene, because I had just finished publicly vowing to buy more eco-friendly and locally-sourced products. I almost bought them anyway, but instead I came home, did some research, and came up with this post. *Every company below has more than JUST Christmas cards, but clicking on the name will bring you specifically to their holiday card selection.
Eco-Friendly and Made in the USA Christmas Cards
The rules for this list:
- Must be made in the USA
- Must be Eco-friendly in some way like recycled paper, % post-consumer product, soy inks, and/or sustainable forestry, etc
- Must be affordable, like a box of multiples you would buy in the store, because I’m not individually buying everyone a $5 Christmas card (sorry).
Offers a large number of Christmas cards from various artists all over the USA so you have variety of styles to choose from. The two photos on the right are examples of their cards, done by two different artists. Clicking the name above will bring you to their website that you can purchase directly from. Both cost about $16 for a box of 15. How eco-friendly are they? To quote their website:
“We print creatively to use entire paper sheets (reducing scrap) and we recycle 100% of production wastes. Our cards are printed with veggie-based inks on papers made from sustainable-harvest pulp and a minimum of 30% PCW, and are processed chlorine free. We give back to the community by donating a portion of our holiday card sales to local and national children’s charities.”
(Some can also be bought on Amazon).
This Colorado based company has a HUGE selection of Christmas cards from different artists divided into the categories: General, Christian, Funny, Western, Wildlife, Native American, Landscape & Scenic, Trains Cars Etc. Their cards seem to average about $0.95/each or $3.50/each and can be purchased directly from their website (don’t worry there are a lot in the $0.95 price range). Eco-friendliness? Click HERE to read the full details about how they achieve this goal with recycled paper, sustainable forests, soy inks, certified green printer, Colorado leadership award, corporate recycling, wind energy, AND resource conservation. I find it pretty awesome that it was too much to copy/paste. (Some can also be bought on Amazon).
NobleWorks specializes in humor, from light to crude they have something for everyone. If you need a pick-me-up just browse through their 747 Christmas cards on their website. The more you buy the cheaper they are, so if you’re sending out at least 40 cards, its about $1.25/each. Their website states they’re printed in the USA but for just how eco-friendly you will have to look at each individual card description. Next to “Product:” some say recycled paper, others give a % post consumer content, others mention sustainable forests, etc, so you’ll have to find the one that’s right for you. I use the rule of thumb that if it’s not mentioned, then that’s not what it is. (Some can also be bought on Amazon).
Light-hearted humorous and the place for cute animal Christmas cards. They don’t sell their cards directly from their own website, so click the link above to go to their Amazon search list. Click HERE if you want to check out their website separately. On Amazon the cards typically sell in boxes of 10 ranging from about $13-18 per box. Eco-friendliness? Short answer is very. Go HERE to learn more about their slogan “Avanti lives green” and how their headquarter floors are made of recycled tires. Then go HERE to read more about how their cards are 10% post consumer material, with eco-friendly ink, that are easier to recycle, and FSC, SFI, and PEFC certified (the link will explain what all that stands for too). Oh and don’t forget their envelopes which are either 100% recycled from a USA hydro-electric mill or 10% post consumer content.
This Alabama company definitely gets the prize for most unique. Jumping right to their level of eco-friendliness I’ll just quote their site:
“All of our goods are handcrafted in the US from eco-friendly, sustainably-harvested birch wood and 100% cotton paper made from reclaimed fibers of the textile industry.”
Their website won’t let me copy any pictures to show you samples, but they are worth checking out. Some cards double as ornaments and others can be personalized with writing or pictures. Their price tag is much higher than other companies mentioned here ($24 for 6) but they are so nice looking that I didn’t want to leave them off the list. **Update: They are now available through Amazon with lower prices.
Hi there! I’m Kaley, prevailing parent and wife, but also just me; stubborn lover of DIY everything, outdoors, and chocolate. Read more about myself and my family under the “Parenting” > “About My Family” tabs.