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Green Greetings

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DIY CARDS

When you consider all that's needed to manufacture Valentine's Day cards -- trees, water, bleach, dye, transportation, and shipping -- and the fact that many of them ultimately end up in the landfill, making your own cards and envelopes makes sense.

CONSCIOUS CARDS

More than 180 million cards are exchanged on Valentine's Day, which means immense amounts of water are used and tons of chemicals are emitted. Get some greener options that are easier on the planet.

RECYCLED CARDS

Sending cards consumes trees and increases waste paper. We'll show you how to reuse, recycle, and rethink greeting cards.

SEND A CARD, PLANT A TREE

Sending a greeting card is a nice gesture, but what happens to that card after it's read through once or twice? Much of the time, it heads for the dumpster. A company called TreeNex offers a new take on an old custom.

NEW LIFE FOR OLD CARDS

You can give your greetings a second life by sending them to St. Jude's Ranch for Children and its Recycled Card Program.

GET CRAFTY

With a little bit of ingenuity, used cards can be refashioned into new creations.

 

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