It's almost Christmas time and many people still send hard-copy Christmas cards, even to people they see on a daily basis. Only in the UK over 1.8 billion Christmas cards cards were sent last year. Producing these cards required over 200,000 trees to be felled. Every year after Christmas M&S collects cards to recycle them. A good effort to reduce the environmental impact of the cards but I think we should do more, or better: I think we should do it differently. It would be so much better to limit the number of send cards to people that have no internet (probably around 100 country wide?). My daughters school has sent out a request to all pupils not to send each other any cards but to donate this money to a specific charity. In the school hall a board is placed where the pupils can leave messages for each other. I think this is a wonderful idea!
But if you don't have a school board to leave a message for your loved ones, please check the websites below for some digital card options. There are even websites where you donate to charity by buying ecards. This way you can show your friends and family that you have thought of them in a more environmental friendly way and -at same time- donate money to a good cause! Two examples are Marie Curie Cancer Care and Save The Children.
I'll definitely go for the ecard below. Just need to decide who's face I will add...
Other examples of ecards: