Nov 17

Wishing you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

Christmas Cards

The first Christmas card was sent in 1843 and featured a small child drinking wine with his family. While I don’t commend that behaviour I do commend the fact that these first Christmas cards were recycled! Yes that’s right, the first cards were cut up and the images used in scrap books for children in hospitals and orphanages.

First Christmas Card Recycled

(See if you can spot him)

In 2008 679 million Christmas cards were sent in the UK, which is 45% of all the cards sent for the whole year.

3Rs Christmas Cards

  1. Send a Set with Flickr
  2. Recycled Charity Cards
  3. Make Your Own
  4. Recycle
  1. Send a Set with Flickr

A nice idea to cut out the cards is to send a set of photos to friends and family with Flickr. Here are the steps:

  1. Setup an account on Flickr (if you don’t have one already)
  2. Upload some photos
  3. Create a Set for Christmas
  4. Share the Set with friends and family – via a URL or direct email

Family Scene Beach Environment Family Scene Outdoors Natural Environment


2. Recycled Charity Cards

Charity cards are available from both high street retailers and direct from charity shops. Whilst the charities get considerably more of the cover price when selling direct, the high street shops do provide an extra outlet for charity cards. Recently Harrods committed to a minimum 10% donation for its charity cards. Well done!

You can buy charity cards direct from this website:  http://www.christmas-cards.org.uk

St Ann’s Hospice and St Dunstan’s cards are recycled, look for more!

Recycled Christmas Card

3. Make your own

Card making is the number 1 craft activity in the UK.

Cards: (Try to source recycled/ sustainable supplies and embellishments) http://www.allfreecrafts.com/christmas/new-cards-from-old.shtml

Envelope: [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AILtKllFy0M]

Cards: (No 1. on Google Videos for  – make recycled christmas cards – ) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m-IqAhySbTY

4. Recycle

The Woodland Trust began a scheme to collect Christmas cards for recycling 14 years ago, using the money raised to plant trees in the UK. Alas, 2011 will be the last year they will be running the scheme.

To round things off nicely they are pushing to raise enough to plant 12,000 trees for this campaign, raising the grand total to 200,000.

Cards are collected throughout January at branches of TK Maxx, M&S and HomeSense.


You can also vote on where you think the trees should be planted if you visit this website in January: http://www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/en/more-trees-more-good/Pages/christmas-card-recycling.aspx


Tip: keep stamps to donate to charity after Christmas.

Friends Of the Earth ecards: http://www.foe.co.uk/living/cards.html

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