I have many fond holiday memories from school, where people personally address Christmas cards for the entire grade, along with candy canes if we were lucky! While these people were very sweet (much sweeter than I, who always used the 'being Jewish' excuse for never reciprocating by handing out cards of my own) it is also wasteful! Each Christmas season over 100 million cards are consumed within Australia alone… wiping out over 200,000 trees! Annual retail sales of greeting cards are estimated at more than $7.5 billion. Nine out of every ten households buy greeting cards each year. The average households buys 30 individual greeting cards a year. That's a lot of cards and a lot of paper!
There are many other ways to wish people seasons greetings without having to use copious amounts of paper.
My Grandma has gotten into e-cards, I love receiving cards from her now, because they come straight into my emails and are full of beautiful animations and interactions. This way no paper is wasted and you can send a card to anyone in the entire world with the click of a button!
You can download a 1 Million Women Christmas e-card (which includes 3 delicious festive recipes) online for a donation of your choice!
If you're not all that into the e-card idea, what about making your own cards? Here are 3 great ideas:
Recycled paper and buttons
Two kinds of recycled paper
If you're feeling extra crafty
So this Festive Season, let the merry times be many and the waste be none!
The Festive season is a time to share with your loved ones.