Cutting Christmas Card Waste

On average we each send 18 Christmas cards each year, totalling a whopping one billion cards being brought, with around 150 million being delivered by Royal Mail. Once the festive period is over, a majority of cards will be thrown away.

You can help the environment and recycle cards where possible. As long as they don’t contain glitter, bows or are 3D, they can go into your recycling bin. Or how about getting crafty and upcycling Christmas cards to gift tags or decorations, you can even make new personalised cards.

When buying your cards make sure they are recyclable or consider sending e-cards instead. You could replace card giving with a donation to a charity, something that is becoming more and more popular, and ask others to donate rather than sending you a card.

Remember to also recycle the envelops that Christmas cards are delivered in.