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Green Holiday Greetings

It's that time of year again:  Holiday card season.

I have a love-hate relationship with holiday cards. It's great to find them in the mailbox in the weeks leading up to Christmas and Hanukkah. And I like the idyllic IDEA of sitting in front of a roaring fire while spending a snowy afternoon penning missives to far away friends and family. But when it comes right down to it, holiday cards are just another bullet point on the endless list of things to do in December.

Holiday cards are also, generally, environmentally unfriendly, requiring lots of natural resources to produce and piling up in land fills.

So, here are three options for doing Holiday cards this year that are a little gentler on the earth.

Elan Ink

Elan Ink strives to be an earth-friendly designer. In addition to implementing "green" printing practices and using FSC-certified papers and recycled shipping materials, they will donate $1 of each purchase to the World Wildlife Fund, which protects and helps sustain vital forestry and eco-systems throughout the world.


Use your pictures or videos to create emailable Holiday cards. It's free and there are many holiday designs to choose from.


Kidbean features several styles of Grow-A-Notes (holiday cards you can actually plant come spring) from Green Field Paper. Check them out.

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