6 Cool Green Holiday Card Options

If you’re like 50%-60% of businesses in America you may be thinking about sending customized holiday cards this year.  If so, there’s still time and you have lots of excellent green options.

green holiday cards1. The greenest option is to forgo printed cards and use an eCard.  American Greetings has a wide selction of eCards with minimal advertisements and is free for the first month.  These green holiday cards even have an option to include a virtual gift card good for use at over 100 participating merchants.

green holiday cards2. ReProduct Zero-Waste custom photo holiday cards and envelopes are created using environmentally friendly materials and are completely recyclable—100% of these cards and envelopes are reused in the manufacturing of Shaw carpets. Cards and envelopes are made from synthetic ‘paper’ (virgin polypropylene) which is a treeless alternative. According to Rachel Derby of ReProduct, unlike paper which can only be recycled a limited number of times, plastics can be used again and again without losing any material quality, in a true Cradle to Cradle manner. Recipients follow simple return instructions detailed on the postage paid envelope that comes with the card.

green holiday cards3. Minted has beautiful digitally printed green holiday cards. All their holiday cards are printed on 100% PCW recycled 130lb matte card stock. Minted is powered by wind power and the cards are FSC and GreenSeal and Green-E certified. If you order today you will receive your cards by December 15.

green holiday cards4. Pear Tree Greetings has a number of recycled cards with up to 100% PCW content from which to choose. Their niche is that they sell “cool, unique products that “normal” people can actually afford.” Production takes about three to five business day and they are offering free shipping. The code is 16120.

green holiday cards5. Believe it or not, Office Depot, has a large selection of recycled holiday cards available for customization. The site is easy to use and the amount of PCW is very transparent.  You can find good coupons at RetailMeNot.

green holiday cards6.  Finally, old stand by Hallmark has a line of green holiday card designs they developed specifically in response to business customers’ desire for eco-friendly cards.  If you sign up for an online account you can still get free 2-day shipping.


About the Author

Jennifer Kaplan writes regularly about sustainable food and wine, the intersection of food and marketing and food politics for EatDrinkBetter.com and is the author of Greening Your Small Business (November 2009, Penguin Group (USA)). She was been named one of The 16 Women You Must Follow on Twitter for Green Business. She has four kids, a dog, a hamster and an MBA - find her on .
  • And please remember our line of custom greeting cards from http://www.proformagreen.com for those buying in bulk.

    Orders start at around 100 cards.

    See http://simonettaholiday.btobsource.com/ or email me at john@proformagreen.com.

    It is not too late to go green for the holidays.

  • John

    Sending paper cards is pretty bad for the environment. Here are some beautiful, animated ecards for Christmas.


  • Sorry, John. I should have checked with you because you always have such great stuff!

  • This has been a challenge for me this year since I still have lots of older relatives that really want a paper card not an e-card!

    Thanks for the green options for old fashioned paper cards.

  • MC,

    We have the same issues with our clients. Some frankly don’t want a card or end of the year gift, but most still do expect something tangible.

    Luckily our relationship with our clients is good enough that we know who is who.

    Be careful Ecopreneurists. A lot of clients think cheap when they see e-cards, they don’t necessary think green. Especially if they themselves are not green businesses (yet).

  • And of course the greenest and best (free) ecards online are at Care2. Not only is there a great selection of cards (25,000+), but we also go the extra mile and make a donation to protect one square foot of rainforest every time you send a free ecard. Double green!

    We expect to save nearly 20 acres of rainforest in December just by having people send cards through our site.

    Here’s the link for our Christmas ecards:

    Sorry for the shameless plug, but when it comes to green and ecards, it’s gotta be Care2! 😉

    [in case it wasn’t obvious, yes, I’m the founder of Care2]

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  • Cool Dog Productions makes it easy to go green. We have created an ecard slideshow…

    It’s a movie with pictures of you and your family embedded in a webpage the we host. You will receive a link from us via email that you simply send to all your loved ones. No post office or postage involved! We’ve also included an easy button so you can print the card for that member of your family that still wants something to hang on the mantle, or they can print it themselves.


    Thanks for all the green suggestions!

  • We’ve done a lot of printing with Greenerprinter.com. Just ordered our first set of holiday cards from them, but have printed other materials before and the process is simple and results are exactly what we’re looking for. Just wish they were closer to us so I could pick up rather than having things shipped!