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Carbon footprint of a Card versus eCard
Which is more environmentally friendly, an eCard or a regular paper based greeting card? Is a question many eco conscious people ask when thinking of sending a birthday greeting card. Even more people, millions in fact, ask the same question in December of each year, when it is time to send Christmas cards.

The answer to the question is simple and straightforward. However, given that you are reading this on a charity eCard platform. We think it’s important to provide some evidence to support our claim.  The illustration above shows our finding when we looked at whether traditional paper based cards are less environmentally friendly than eCard.  Detailed text below provides more information.

Carbon Footprint of Card V eCard

Traditional Card : personalisation and postage

  1. Figure 1. Carbon footprint of an ordinary greetings card, an envelope, ink and stamps.

Approximately  100g CO2e.


  1. Figure 2. Travel to a letterbox or post office. Postmen/women travel to collect, sort and deliver cards .

Approximately 265g CO2e.


  1. Figure 3. 1 Billion greetings cards discarded into landfill sites, NOT recycled.

Approximately  26g of CO2e.

eCard composition and sending

Figure 4. When you send a Hope Spring eCard.

Approximately  26g of CO2e.

References: How bad are bananas, Wrap.org.uk, IncredibleCarbon.com .

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