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Tuesday, July 05, 2005

FOUND: Recycling greeting cards

City Hippy is delighted to be adding a new feature to the site.

If you scroll down the page you will see the HELP section on the right hand side.

We have called it the HELP section and to be honest it is meant to do just that. We aim to HELP you all HELP each other find the products, services and solutions you seek to enable you to live a greener and fairer life.

Note that we currently have four entries in the HELP section:

FOUND: Recycling greeting cards
SEEKING: perfume
SEEKING: picture frames
SEEKING: Cheap bedding

SEEKING means someone is looking for a green and/or fair solution.

FOUND means we have at least one green and/or fair solution.

When an item changes from SEEKING to FOUND it becomes a link to the article outlining the solution(s). For example if you click the first entry about greeting cards you will arrive at this article. Please see below for the solutions about recycling greeting cards.

If you have other solutions to add for that FOUND item then simply goto that article and leave a comment outlining your solution thus adding your wisdom to the collective.

Hurrah! Multiple heads are always better than one!

Feel free to email us with additions to the HELP section. As usual you can email us at: Image hosted by

To kick things off this first article is also the first solution:

FOUND: Recycling greeting cards

We have a few answers for this topic gathered so far. You can:

1) recycle the cards normally
2) create a montage of cards and frame it
3) make gift boxes out of the cards
4) cut a detail out of the card and use it as a gift tag
5) use them as bookmarks OR postcards

You could be really radical and avoid paper cards at all by sending e-greetings over the net but if you must send paper cards at least send some that are made from alternatives to trees or send cards made from recycled materials.

This is not an exhaustive list of solutions...there are tons more out any good ones? Add your comments below!



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At 11:37 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This 'help' thing is an excellent idea. I wish I had some answers for the current solution-seekers. As it happens, I've been looking for cheap eco-bedding for ages. No joy yet, though I did find a place to buy a cheap mattress made from natural materials. They will custom make it to any size you wish.

At 11:52 AM, Blogger City Hippy said...

Hi beev... will grow over time...there are other great 'help' columns out there but we see ours as being more 'by the people and for the people'...but they are all good!

Check out UMBRA on - awesome advice!

Re eco-bedding...futon centre is great...I think getting a green and fair (ish) bed frame and mattress is easier than getting green and fair sheets etc. Any ideas?



At 8:31 PM, Blogger marigolds2 said...

Re recycling greeting cards - here where I live I know several people and organizations, mainly of elderly people, who welcome the donation of front part (with the picture, you know?) of the card. They then fashion new cards, for Christmas, birthdays, etc, out of these and either give them away or sell them. That's a one-time recycle, I don't know how much past that it can go.
Love to have you come check out my enviro posts on our group blog: The Blue Voice.
I post as "marigolds2."

At 1:56 PM, Blogger Enviroman said...

How about this?

At 1:57 PM, Blogger Enviroman said...

Or this?

At 2:20 PM, Blogger City Hippy said...

Hey Enviroman...

Thanks for those two links...

The first one works and is a great resource...have added it to our bookmarks too...

The second one does not work though?



At 8:09 AM, Blogger Enviroman said...

Sorry, I think I might have deleted the second one and forgot about it. Maybe I'll put it up again one day. Just learned how to make links active rather than appearing as just plain text. Hope you don't mind me putting the link again here:

Environmentally friendly greeting card

At 2:55 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The ultimate in recycling greeting cards? Plant them! We have some lovely cards that are made with wildflower seeds in them, so once you've read that lovely note you can wander outside and plant it in your garden. We're about to post more: holiday cards and paper for invitations.

At 2:09 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have a free printable greeting card site where people can design and print out their own greeting cards. After reading this post it has made me realise the need to inform our users that they need to dispose of their greeting cards thoughtfully and prompt them to I know that in Australia we have Planet Ark which collects Christmas Cards each year.


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