Christmas Cards – what cost to the environment?

by Tracy Stokes on November 12, 2006

in Conservation , EcoEnergy , Energy Saving , The Environment and Business

It’s traditional for businesses to say thank you to their customers at Christmas time. Thousands of cards are printed, hours are spent signing them, and then there’s the last minute rush to get them all posted before it’s too late. The financial implications of sending thousands of Christmas cards are expected and planned for, but how many businesses consider the cost to the environment?

The thousands of cards that businesses send their clients each year require a lot of paper to make, and only very few greetings card manufacturers are using recycled paper for their cards. It would be fair to say that recycled paper is not a big focus in the greetings card industry. One tree needs to be chopped down for every 3000 Christmas cards, and in the UK alone, around 1 billion Christmas cards will be sent this year [source: Defra]. That’s over 300,000 trees.

The process of making greetings cards can often include further environmentally damaging processes, such as toxic printer inks and fixing agents. Then there’s disposal of the vast quantities of cards, many of which will end up in landfill. And the carbon emissions created by transporting the cards all over the country are substantial too.

In the current climate of environmental awareness, it’s time for businesses to look at alternatives.

Wishawish.com offers one such alternative. Businesses are able to reduce carbon emissions with a Wishawish Ecard, no trucking required. The cards not only save the carbon emissions associated with lorries driving thousands of cards all over the country, but also take it a step further by offering 100% renewable energy hosting for all of their Ecards.

Paper-free and tree-friendly, Wishawish Ecards are environmentally friendly, and are an opportunity for businesses to save money, while at the same time displaying their green credentials to the consumer.

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Abby December 11, 2007 at 9:04 pm

Do you know where I could get the stats on carbon emissions created by mailing?

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