I’m in a constant quandry between wanting to be more “green” but still not wanting to give up a few things that mean a lot to me.  One of those special things is sending cards…for any and every occasion. I can hear the trees screaming when I place my Christmas card order or get sucked into a hilarious card from Hallmark that must be sent but these following companies help me feel much less guilty.

Bloomin’ Flower Cards carries cards for absolutely every occasion and the actual cards can be planted to grow the most beautiful flowers. It’s the perfect way to send a card & flowers but for a fraction of the cost. The company is uber earth friendly as the cards are made from 100% post-consumer paper, soy-based inks, and organic pigments. I used this company for my wedding invitations over a decade ago and I still have friends and relatives that have wildflowers coming back year after year. If you are looking beyond cards, Bloomin’ Flower Cards also carries paper sheets, garden tags, bookmarks and you can even get a bloomin’ calendar or “plant me” gift bags.

Another company that is working to keep it green is Slingshot Cards. The concept behind this company is that every one of their cards can be reused up to 20 times and each receipient can track the history of their card.  The cards are professionally printed on FSC certified and recycled cardstock, then individually hand finished with the signture SlingShot on the inside.  The SlingShot strings are made of a natural hemp fibre and hold your personal keepsake greeting in the card. The insert is kept by the card’s recipient, and a new insert is added when the card is reused. Slingshot Cards has a variety of designs and occasions to choose from.

If you are the fortunate recipient of a traditional card and you don’t  save every card  like my sister, Ashley, I offer this final suggestion:

Send your card(s) to  St. Jude’s Ranch for Children
                                                 Recycled Card Program
                                                  100 St. Jude’s Street
                                                Boulder City, NV 89005

The children at St. Jude’s participate in making  new cards by removing the front of old cards and attaching a new back. The result is a beautiful new card made by the children and volunteers. The benefits are two-fold: customers purchase “green” holiday cards for use and the children receive payment for their work and learn the benefits and importance of “going green”.