Christmas is one of my favourite times of the year. My decorations were taken out of the loft months ago and I’m on standby for the day my local garden centre gets its Christmas tree delivery. And this year, I’m making a conscious effort in making this a sustainable time of year. So I’ve come up with a new series for the blog, How to Have a Sustainable Christmas. There’s just too much to put into one blog post, so I’m creating a series. First up, Christmas cards!
Why I’m Rethinking my Christmas Card Buying Habits
Sending Christmas cards is a tradition I’ve grown up with. Every year I would sit down with a box of cards and write one for each of my friends and family. But as I’ve got older, I’ve realised how wasteful this is. According to researchers at Imperial College, 1.5 billion Christmas cards are thrown away each year by UK households. It’s not all doom and gloom though. Sales of boxed Christmas cards fell from £272 million in 2005 to £200 million in 2014. People have now switched to sending ecards, instant messages or posts on social media. But if you still want to send Christmas cards here are a few ideas on how to do so in a sustainable way.
Send Christmas eCards
If you want to save waste entirely this Christmas, why not opt for sending an eCard? They’re an eco-friendly way of wishing your loved ones a Merry Christmas. Plus it’s a fun activity to get you excited for the holidays and you can get as crafty as you wish. Canva is a great place to start in creating your card. It’s a design app that’s completely free to use. It has thousands of templates in its library, not just for Christmas cards, but for birthdays, anniversaries and weddings too. Upload your own images to make each card a little more personal or transfer additional fonts to the site, to add your own spin to each design. If you want to add fonts to Canva, you have to have Canva Pro. But they do offer a 30 free day trial. Simply register for this trial, upload your fonts and you’re away.
Talking of fonts, if you’re looking for unique fonts, Font Bundles should be your go-to website. They have exclusive deals on high-quality fonts from independent designers, plus plenty of fonts free too. Simply find a font you like, download and add to your computer. They have a batch of useful guides on how to add fonts to your PC and Mac, as well as other programmes such as Photoshop.
DIY Christmas Cards
We all know someone who appreciated getting a physical card through the post. But buying a pack of cards from the supermarket may go against your eco-friendly plans for this Christmas. The compromise? Get crafty and make your own. DIY Christmas cards are not only a thoughtful, personal gesture, it’s also a lot of fun too. By avoiding buying a pack of cards, you cut down on plastic waste, not only from the packaging but from the glitter too. It may seem harmless but the glitter is a type of microplastic, so any cards or wrapping paper incorporating it, cannot be recycled. It’s so much of a problem now that big brands such as Co-op, Morrisons, John Lewis and Waitrose have banned glitter from their products this Christmas.
Buy Plantable Christmas Cards
Plantable cards are another thing to consider if you’re looking to be more sustainable this Christmas. Not only are you doing your bit for the environment, but the recipient is not only receiving a card but a gift too. How it works is simple. When the biodegradable paper full of seeds is planted, the paper will eventually decompose and seedlings will begin to appear. There are so many plantable card designs to find online. Etsy is a great place to start if you’re looking to shop small business too.
So if you’re looking at how to have a sustainable Christmas, why not start with cards? Keep an eye out for other posts in the series, including gift-wrapping and decorations.
Until next time.
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