Socially Responsible Greeting Card Sources
I don’t know about you, but commercial greeting cards disgust me. They’re insincere, outrageously expensive, terrible for our environment, and bad for our economy.
But still, I acknowledge that greeting cards can be useful and thoughtful. I am of the opinion that if you’re going to give a greeting card you should strive to make it yourself, but I also realize that it’s just not always practical. That is why I’ve compiled this list of ecologically and socially responsible greeting card sources.
The next time you’re in the market for a greeting card, please consider one the sources below.
1. Kipepeo Designs – These amazing cards are handmade from 100% recycled paper by women in Kibera, Africa, one of the “largest slums” in the world. The people there live in extreme poverty and earn less than $1 a day. The Kipepeo Designs greeting cards are only $2 apiece and the money goes towards empowering women who live in Kibera. Compare that to a Hallmark card.
2. Give-a-Tree Cards from the Arbor Day Foundation are made from 100% recycled paper and for each card purchased a tree is planted. How cool is that? An entire tree is planted in exchange for the purchase of a single card.
3. Reimagine Greeting Cards are handmade from 100% recycled materials by survivors of human trafficking. You can purchase the cards in packs of 10 for $20 a pack. Again, that’s just $2 a card.
Love146 is a charity whose mission is to end child trafficking and exploitation. They sell various products under the brand name Reimagine. They personally oversee the supply line for materials and manufacturing ensuring that everything is made humanely. All of the materials used to make the various products is 100% recycled or upcycled. Leftover proceeds go to support the noble efforts of the Love146 charity.
4. CEOLI cards are hand painted by severely disabled Bolivian artists. 100% of the proceeds goes to support the artist and the work of CEOLI, the Center for Educational and Vocational Preparation for the Disabled.
Taken from the site: “With the proceeds from the sale of just one card, a young artist can buy two loaves of bread, one litre of milk, half a kilo of apples, bananas or beans, or three bus rides across town.”
You can buy the cards in packs of four for $10 ($2.50 each) or in packs of 10 for $20 ($2 each).
5. St. Jude’s Ranch runs a recycled greeting program that uses old greetings to create new greeting cards. If you have old cards, consider donating them. If you need new cards, consider purchasing from St. Jude’s Ranch. The new cards are handmade by children and they sell in packs of 10 for $17. The money raised from the sale of cards goes to support St. Jude’s various charitable programs.
“I don’t turn to greeting cards for wisdom and advice, but they are a fine reflection of the general drift of the culture.”
There are thousands of charities that fundraise with greeting card sales and any of them are worthy of your money, but I choose the ones above because I believe their causes, processes, and policies to be among the best. If you’d like to see a list of other charities that sell greeting cards please visit CardsThatGive.org. You should know that many of the charities listed on CardThatGive.org only sell greeting cards during the holiday season.
There you have it—5 responsible greeting card sources. Why not stock up on cards now so you have them when you need them?