Greeting cards and gift tags

Choosing greeting cards

Greeting cards and gift tags are abundant in almost every household over the festive season.  They represent an investment in energy, water and raw materials - so choosing wisely can minimise their environmental impact:

  • Choose cards with accredited recycled paper content.
  • Choose cards with FSC accreditation for sustainably-managed forests (Forest Stewardship Council).
  • Make your own cards from craft materials, cut the patterns from old cards and reused or recycled cardboard.
  • You can make your own gift tags by cutting old cards with pinking shears, punching a hole in the corner, and tying together with string. Write the name and a little note on the inside.

Re-using and recycling cards

There are usually big piles of greeting cards, tags and wrapping left over after Christmas.  These days, over 90% of Australian households have access to kerbside recycling collections, so ensure that you're putting your used greeting cards into your household recycling bin.

There are also lots of other clever ways to avoid, reduce and re-use cards and wrap:

  • Get creative and turn your old greeting cards and wrapping paper into new gift tags and cards. This is a great activity for the kids!
  • Make sure you separate your cards and wrapping paper from plastic and foil wraps before putting them in your kerbside collection bins.
  • Donate your used cards and wrapping paper to a local childcare centre, school or nursing home for use as craft materials.
  • Greeting cards and wrapping paper made entirely from paper and cardboard can go into your worm farm or compost bin and can be used as mulch.
  • For more information about greeting card and wrapping paper recycling, or for details about recycling everything from computers to food, batteries and furniture visit or call the National Recycling Hotline on 1300 733 712.

More eco-ideas

For other green tips over the festive season, download the Festive Green Guide as a pdf or podcast below.