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How to Recycle Christmas Cards


Recycle your Christmas Cards.
Every Christmas, your friends and family send you lovely, meaningful Christmas cards. You hate to just throw them away. Not only is it a waste of paper, but the cards also hold sentimental value for you. Why not find a way to make the cards into something beautiful instead? Maybe you can even give them back to their original senders and start a thoughtful new tradition.

One of the easiest thing to do with pretty Christmas cards is to cut out a square or rectangle from the design to use as a gift tag on your presents next year – use pinking shears or cut out a wavy edged template to make them more interesting. Taller strips could be used for bookmarks too.

Christmas cards can be cut up to make a montage or collage for a bare wall or empty picture frame.

They can also be use to make spherical Christmas tree decorations/cat toys!

One for the kids: Use the recycled Christmas cards to make book covers for your school books.

Children, Christmas cards are just the right thickness for loads of craft projects – keep a stash for using throughout the year. Make little boxes to keep little things (like erasers or badges) tidy, for the inside “rings” of pom-poms, or use them to make stencils or templates.

Donate extra Christmas cards to your church, school or a local club that can make good use of them in a craft project.

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Information suggests that:

      In 2004, the UK sent 744 million Christmas cards; if they were all recycled, it would have saved 248,000 trees.

        In 2005, only 82 million cards were recycled but it diverted 1,630 tonnes of rubbish from landfill sites.

          In 2001 only 1.2 million of the 7.5 million Christmas tress bought were recycled; the rest created enough rubbish to fill the Albert Hall in London three times.


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