Holiday Cards – Eco-friendly options

Ordering holiday cards online is getting better every year so that now it is has evolved to be the easiest fastest and most painless process! There are many great companies to choose from.

Many people sing the praises of Minted.com They have a unique approach where they hold monthly design challenges amongst graphic designers from all over the world and their community selects the best designs. This guarantees you’ll always be presented with the best hip and happening designs as well as the old tried and true. You can choose between several paper choices with a premium 100% recycled thick paper being among the choices. Options include using your own photo(s) to create your card or choosing from one of the over 240 non-photo cards. Postcards are also available at Minted.com

 


 


Night Owl Paper Goods is another online company worth checking out. Their designs are cute with a distinctive vintage look. They also have many designs available to work around your photo(s) as well as many “no photo” options. The unique feature is their materials …your cards can be printed on wood (eco-friendly sustainably-harvested birch) or paper (eco-friendly, FSC certified paper made with zero-emission wind-generated power). Either choice is sure to be a holiday hit. Many of their designs are created to be reused as holiday tree ornaments which makes them even more precious to the card recipients.

 

Recycled crayons for the inner artist


Who can resist to sit down and color? I bet I could find the time to play with crayons, if I had this great set with all the colors! These are shaped like stars and are made from 100% recycled materials (I guess they are made from other crayons!) All non-toxic materials. Each star is about 2 inches length …with 5 points.
$10.50 at Amazon for 20 colorful stars

 


 

If stars aren’t your thing …how about ice cream cones?

$14.00 at RedElmDesigns Etsy Shop for 14 ice cream cone crayons

 


 

Or fish?

$13.50 at RedElmDesigns Etsy Shop for 15 fish shaped crayons

 


 

This etsy artist have every shape imaginable…See recycled crayons in the shape of airplanes, penquins, cupcakes, dragons!

 


 

Etsy artist art2theextreme has a different take on recycled crayons and jumbles all the colors together in one shape. I like these better!! …it is more creative, less controlled and more open to chance! We’re talking about coloring after all!! …we’re supposed to go outside the lines!

$7.00 at art2theextreme Etsy Shop for set of 3 recycled crayons

 


 


$7.50 at art2theextreme etsy shop for a set of 9 Recycled Crayons – el Dia de los Muertos

 

Perfect for favors or little gifts for your friends!

 

Want to make your own recycled crayons?

 

Here’s a place to recycle your old unloved crayons>>

 

Recycled Tennis Balls

Recycled Tennis Ball Cuff Links


These look to be beautifully made and only with the best of ingredients. The recycled tennis balls look brand new, however you can be sure they have lost their bounce and no new tennis balls are harmed in the making of these cufflinks! The carefully hand cut ball is button set with the seam in the middle in a silver toned tarnish and scratch resistant base metal with a high shine and a good weight. This etsy artist, CraftyRascal, specializes in cuff links from recycled materials and has a great design created out of upcycled wine cork.
$39.00 at CraftyRascal’s Etsy Shop

 


 

Recycled Tennis Ball Round/Compact Change Holder


Makes finding your change wicked easy to find in your purse. This change holder is handmade from 100% recycled tennis ball and lined with a colorful fabric.
$18.50 at MANIkordstudio’s Etsy Shop

 


 


Iphone case made from recycled tennis ball. Lined with fabric and offers good protection from bumping, banging and dropping.
$30.00 at MANIkordstudio’s Etsy Shop

 


 

Recycled Terrariums

(made from Recycled Electric Meters)


Best part about this is that it already has the screw holes in the back of the unit for easy mounting to a wall or partition. Unusual to say the least!

Available special order from Sprout Home

The terrarium below is hand blown, recycled glass in the shape of a volcano. Available in two options: 1) indirect light 2) direct light. Available from Adore Floral Inc.

From a traditional incandescent lightbulb which is shipped filled with moss and stones (also available empty if you’d like to add your own plants). Click through to see the variety and creativity in Steampunk fashion.

This one is definitely the best value available from SteamedGlass’s Etsy Shop

Teardrop hanging terrarium below solves the problem if you don’t have a wall or counter space to display your greenery. This gives a lovely hanging plant feeling either outside or in. From hand blown recycled glass.
Available at VivaTerra – Eco Living with Style. Find natural home décor, unique women’s accessories, elegant dinnerware, organic gifts and more.