In today’s digital world, there is easy access to a variety of greeting cards online where you can just filter, select and press send to your loved and close ones. It also has the advantage of being more environmentally friendly, cost less and of course can be easily shared. However, this said, does send ecards and viewing them on your screen make it more intimate and personal? Or does it end up as spam where it’s not given much of special value?
Sending a traditional card even the simplest ones will have a greater meaning to the recipient. It shows that you went out of your way to choose a card with a lot of thought and consideration. A traditional greeting card’s image always outweighs the card itself and also the handwritten message and signature inside the card personalize the sentiment and show you care. Many people choose to include special greeting cards in scrapbooks or even frames if the design is pleasing.
Ok now after reading this you must be thinking, sure all this makes sense and traditional greetings do have a higher emotional value, but what about the environment? Doesn’t research say that sending traditional cards are accountable for landfill and pollution?
With this in mind, many individuals and small businesses have developed great and good quality greeting cards using recycled materials. Hence, supporting these locally run businesses help reduce the waste stream while encouraging the concept of making the best use of resources available.
They say that gifts made locally often have a tale that goes hand in hand with the gift, as the artist and the gift’s source are known. Eco-friendly and personal, these are some of the best cards in Australia made locally to choose this Christmas, that surely will bring a smile to your close ones!
Me & Amber
Based in Sydney, each greeting card by this duo is screen-printed one by one in their studio. Each piece filled with character and tactile quality, the cards are made using sustainable materials such as recycled paper, water-based inks and durable fabrics. Fun cards include Bah Humbug Christmas Card, Cats Christmas Card.
Able and Game
Featuring hand-drawn designs with references to pop culture and trends that people easily identify with, Able and Game writes statements that have one crack up for sure! With illustrations were drawn by hand, the cards also have an innocent quality that is nostalgic in many ways. The brand uses a 300gsm card stock for the card, a 100% recycled envelope and a cello bag to protect the card. Amusing Christmas cards from the brand include, You Look So Christmas Right Now or Stick a tree on it.
Planet Go Round
Read, plant, and grow! Based in Melbourne, Planet Go Round hand makes seed paper on-premises by shredding used office paper and embedding with Australian Native seeds such as Swan River Daisy along with edible herbs including Oregano, Thyme, Rocket, & Lettuce. These are then turned them into Greeting cards to mark special occasions. Using only recycled paper from the local community, along with offcuts from paper mills, the seeds are sourced from local farmers.
Wally Paper Co.
Quirky and super funny, Wally Paper Co.’s hand-drawn cards are far from the word predictable. Cheeky and charming on the outside these cards are left blank inside, giving you lots of room to add your playful personal message or wishes to the recipient. With unusual humorous cards such as Elastic Pants, Mistletoe, Sleazy Santa, Freakin Excited, Naughty Test or Toilet Alone or Printed on beautiful, textured, 300 GSM paper, it comes with a red, recycled, Australian made envelope.
Little Sister Co.
If your dear one is artsy and loves anything with awesome artwork on it, then Little Sister Co.’s cards are the best choice. Rendered in watercolor and ink, these cards are digitally printed on high quality, 340gsm, 50% recycled stock. Adorned with heartfelt messages, designer and writer, Doris Chang loves to work in water colour due to its organic nature where the materials speak for themselves.