Choosing cards made from recycled card is better than ‘sustainable card’ that still results in fast-growing trees being grown with lots of pesticides, then being chopped down before they have a chance to grow big enough, to support homes for native wildlife. It also helps us to ‘close the loop’, by providing a market for the recycled paper industry.
Millions of greetings cards are sent each year, and although some countries (like France) rarely send them, elsewhere makes up for it, resulting in trees the world over being destroyed, just to send a card that often gets trashed, or recycled. Many are also wrapped in plastic, and use toxic inks. Many medical charities carry out horrendous outdated animal experiments, when humane research desperately needs more funding. You can buy cards from them or support local small charity shops, if you are purchasing them.
If you’re vegan, you likely care about the planet too, so here are some good post-consumer waste alternatives (this is better than FSC-certified virgin paper, that still plants fast-growing trees with pesticides, often tearing down old-growth trees that support wildlife habitats). At the end of the post are a few ‘vegan message cards’ too!
If you buy them, only send plantable cards to people with pet-free gardens. Never send plantable cards to people with pets, as most wildflowers are toxic to furry friends.
Recycled Greetings Cards (that plant trees)
Little Difference is a lovely brand of recycled greetings cards. For each card sold, trees are planted which helps the planet (110,000 planted so far) and also gives employment to people in Madagascar. These are beautifully textured recycled cards sold with a biodegradable cornstarch bag, with recycled envelopes and recycled paper stickers. The company’s art is by Sophie, a geology graduate and artist originally from the Isle of Wight.
Alice Palace Recycled Greetings Cards
Alice Palace is a talented artist who makes beautiful cards on recycled paper like this one for the best dog mum! The cards are too lovely to be thrown away and likely will be kept, as will the recycled gift wrap in lotsof fun designs.
British Insect Recycled Greetings Cards
Heather Scott Design offers lovely British Insects’ Recycled Greetings Cards. These are ideal to buy in a budget pack, there are 8 to choose from, so you’ll always have one on hand to send to someone you love. The cards feature illustrations like beautiful butterflies with tortoiseshell wings. Left blank for your own message, sent in recycled envelope and packaging.
As well as being beautifully illustrated with observations from the garden, they are printed on recycled card, and sent in recycled packaging. Blank for message.
- A green tiger beetle with dazzling legs
- The tiny hairs of a bumble bee’s knee
- The pink flash of the privet hawk moth
- A painted lady with buff-orange wings
Recycled Junk Greetings from Cornwall
Junk Mail Art makes lovely cards, made from ripped up magazines. Situated in Cornwall, many of the cards feature images from the beautiful Isles of Scilly. Only a few of the islands are inhabited by humans, the rest are home to native wildlife and birds (many stop off for a rest during migration, enjoying the balmy weather!) With a much warmer temperature than most of England, here you can find trees and flowers that grow nowhere else, and many seasonal flowers bloom longer in this part of the world. The surrounding white sandy beaches and clear blue seas, means you could be forgiven for thinking you were in the Caribbean! The main 5 islands are:
- St Mary’s is the largest island, with an Old Town and a ferry port.
- Tresco is known for its sub-tropical plants, a real paradise!
- St Martin’s is renowned for its pristine white beaches and palm trees
- St Agnes is smaller and wilder, with heath land and ancient burial sites
- Bryher is popular with artists, with its coves and rugged cliffs
Fun & Quirky Plant-Based Cards
These fun & quirky plant-based cards are by Plant-Based Cards by Dan. These are lovely, all printed on recycled paper with plastic-free packaging. Illustrated, printed and posted by ‘vegan man Dan’, who includes fun fruit and vegetable puns.
Greetings Cards to Help Good Causes
Dotty Dog Art Cards are hand-illustrated (not recycled but on FSC paper), with all profits going to help a charity that helps give free vet care, to dogs that live on the street with homeless people.
Button & Squirt prints cute cards on recycled paper, and 5% from each sale goes to charities that are helping to protect our wildlife friends. You can buy individual cards or packs featuring tapirs, pandas, African painted dogs, and blobfish!
Don’t Send ‘Plantable’ Cards to Homes with Pets
It sounds a good idea, but most wildflowers are toxic to pets. So only send plantable cards like 1 Tree Cards to pet-free homes. These are printed on recycled paper with vegan eco inks using renewable energy, the compostable sleeves are made from corn and yam, with profits supporting tree-planting projects. The company was co-founded by wild animal advocates who have investigated the illegal wildlife trade in Vietnam, transported dogs away from death row in the Us and even managed a sanctuary in Thailand. The idea is to help raise funds for animal charities, while making something that people buy anyway. The printed cards are sold alongside fun e-cards and corporate and wholesale options.