Greentings for Valentine's!

It was recently reported that approximately one billion Valentine cards are sent out each year worldwide. Almost all of these cards end up in the trash. However there are many companies that are bringing in greeting cards that are eco-friendly.

Tiny Prints:

This company has a nice collection of 100% eco-friendly recycled paper Valentine's Day cards. Cards are made with either FSC-certified paper or at least 30% post-consumer waste. You can also customize print and photos on almost all cards.

Night Owl Paper Goods:

This company offers sustainable wood and recycled paper  Valentines. They have cards printed on 100% reclaimed and recycled cotton ecru cover or cards made with eco-friendly sustainably-harvested yellow birch card.

My Good Greetings:

You can customize your card with a photo. It is printed on eco-friendly 100% recycled, FSC certified stock paper. It also comes with 100% recycled white envelopes.

Hallmark:

Back in 2008, Hallmark introduced a new line of eco-friendly greeting cards under its Connections from Hallmark brand.  It was the first for a major industry leader. The cards are sold for 94 cents each exclusively at Wal-Mart stores.

The new greeting cards are smaller than standard size cards but were made from 50% recycled paper and 50% sugar cane pulp.  The eco-greeting cards come with envelopes made from 100% recycled paper and are made in the U.S. Hallmark also said that no new trees were used in their manufacture and they can be recycled as well.

At the time Hallmark issued a statement saying that, "We’re offering choices to consumers who wish to reflect concern for the environment when they make a purchase. As the industry leader, Hallmark continues to look for ways to help people connect in meaningful ways that minimize impact on the environment. This is a step in an evolution of our products.”

Marks and Spencers:

M&S carries a line of FSC certified cards that are widely available all over the UK

Nigel's Ecostore:

They sell a a soft FSC certified wooden card that you can carve yourself to create a Valentine's Day card.

Other options includes cards made of bamboo, recycled fabric, mango fibre, bagasse etc. Why not make your own card  with things lying around  the house and some eco-stationery? Instead of giving an actual card, why not go virtual? Whilst some people may think that it is cheap, it still expresses the same sentiment. You can choose your own design and message in many of the cards.  Care2 is a website that will even allow you to choose a free stamp.

There are many other websites that allow you to make your own greeting cards. With all these options, there really is no need to be tree-unfriendly!