I love Christmas, but it is hard to ignore how much waste we
create this time of year. But Step Down
Sunday isn’t about giving up the things we love, but finding new and better ways
to do them.
With so many friends and family overseas, I send quite a few
Christmas cards. It can be difficult keeping in touch with even close friends
over the miles and time zones, so Christmas cards are a way of saying that we’re
still thinking of them - even if we haven’t spoken in a while. At the same time I can’t help but see the
waste in sending cards that will be thrown away after just a few weeks.
So I came up with a plan to reduce the environmental impact of
our Christmas cards. First I identified
what was important: obviously there was the holiday message, but Christmas cards
are also used as decorations so the pretty picture is important too. At this point I had a clever idea which would
more than half the material costs! Instead of sending a traditional card we
could send Christmas postcards. It uses
half the cardboard and doesn’t need an envelope. (The envelope was another
concern as not every where recycles them.)
There are still ways our Christmas postcards could be
improved like using paper from a wind powered paper mill or a printer who use vegetable inks, but I think
this was a good start.
Do you have any eco-friendly Christmas ideas? Join the Step Down Sunday:
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(And if you're interested in a pack of ten cards for £2 - let me know in the comments!)