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Whilst some people call for the end of Christmas cards on environmental grounds, I have to admit, I love a Christmas card. I do get really excited when I see a handwritten card from a loved one appear on my doormat.

Christmas cards can be a really thoughtful way to spread festive cheer and to let those people special to us know that we are thinking of them. Especially when it comes to the family and friends that live further away. Even though we don’t see them as often as we would like, a handwritten card in the post is a simple way to show we care.

Rather than an environmental disaster, I think there are ways to send cards with people and the planet in mind. There are so many charities selling beautiful charity Christmas cards this year. And not only that. Some charities have made many careful and considered sustainable and ethical considerations. Look out for FSC certified cards printed in Britain and glitter-free cards. I’ve even found cards that can be reused in clever ways, and cards that can be planted in your garden.

The Best Charity Christmas Cards That Give Back In 2022

Image of a red Christmas card, with a blue text box that says guide to the best charity Christmas cards

Here’s a roundup of some of my favourite cards, that consider both people and planet, and support some very worthwhile charities this Christmas 2021.

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British Heart Foundation – Supporting Heart Disease Research

British heart foundation cards

If you would like to support the British Heart Foundation’s important work in funding research related to heart and circulatory diseases and their risk factors then try this box of 30 charity Christmas cards at £8.75. The cards are made with sustainably sourced and FSC certified materials. What’s more, they are glitter-free, and so are completely recyclable. As well as being designed and made in Britain, they are packaged in a recyclable cardboard box, making them completely plastic-free.

The pack includes Christmas cards of all different sizes and designs, with matching envelopes.

10% of the purchase price is donated to British Heart Foundation.

Mind – Christmas Cards Supporting This Mental Health Charity

A selection of the best charity Christmas cards from Seasalt that donate to Mind, the mental health charity

If you are a fan of Seasalt, the ethical clothing company, then you’ll love these charity Christmas cards (£5). The designs have been illustrated by Seasalt artists, with five beautiful sets to choose from. Each pack contains 10 Seasalt Christmas cards (two of each design) and the inside is blank for your own message.

The cards themselves are made in the United Kingdom and are printed on FSC paper. What’s more, the cards have an uncoated finish and are free from glitter, so can be recycled.

All profits from the cards will go to support Mind, the mental health charity. This charity offers information and advice to people with mental health problems and lobbies government and local authorities on their behalf.

Oxfam – Alleviating Global Poverty

Oxfam's charity Christmas cards

Oxfam has a really sweet collection of FSC-certified charity Christmas cards, that are all printed in the UK and are glitter-free. Find 10 packs of cards for £2.49 or premium single cards, available in a 3 for £5 deal.

What’s more, this year all of Oxfam’s Christmas cards contain crafty ideas for reusing them before you recycle them. Inside each card is a novel idea to give it another life – from puzzles and postcards to gift tags and tree decorations. It’s a clever sustainable touch that I really like.

All profits from the sale of the cards go towards Oxfam’s work in focusing on the alleviation of global poverty.

Traidcraft – Supporting Fair Trade

Traidcraft cards

Traidcraft sells a collection of glitter-free charity Christmas cards via their website, priced at around £3.75 for a pack of 10 cards. In keeping with Traidcraft’s Christian principles, most of their FSC-certified cards do take a religious angle. A small selection of non-denominational cards are available too.

With every purchase of Traidcraft’s charity Christmas cards, a donation is made to Traidcraft Exchange. Traidcraft is one of the original fair trade pioneers in the UK. They advocate the importance of organic farming, sustainability, and transparency to the lives of growers and artisans around the world.

A donation is also made to Traidcraft’s partners – CAFODSCIAF, and Christian Aid. By working together with other charities, helps to combat poverty on a global scale and make as much change as possible.

MND Scotland – Providing Care and Support to People Affected by Motor Neurone Disease 

charity christmas cards from Etsy

Etsy, the platform for individual makers, artists, and crafters, doesn’t seem like the natural place to look for charity cards. However, if you want to support both independent artists and support charities at the same time, then it is in fact a great place to look for charity Christmas cards.

I found these beautiful packs of 8 charity cards* (£12), from Glasgow-based artist, Sarah Gibson. These sets of 8 cards, available in various stunning designs, are printed on FSC paper. The cards come in plastic-free packaging, and they also include kraft paper envelopes which are made from 100% recycled paper. The cards are also fully recyclable after Christmas.

10% of the profit from these Christmas cards goes to MND Scotland, a charity supporting those living with Motor Neurone Disease.

National Trust For Scotland – Supporting Heritage and Conservation

seed paper cards

Finally, if you are looking for something a little more environmentally friendly than a standard card, then try these seeded paper charity Christmas cards (£12) from The National Trust for Scotland. This charity protects Scottish castles, battlefields, gardens and glens, islands, and wildlife. In keeping with their conservation ethos, once your recipient has finished displaying their card they soak them in water and from then the seeds should grow.

These packs contain 4 cards each with a different design, and 100% of the profits go towards the Trust’s work in caring for Scotland’s heritage.

Now you’re sorted for cards, don’t forget to check out the last posting dates for Christmas 2021!

Other Top Sustainable Christmas Card Tips

Christmas cards don’t have to be single-use. Old Christmas cards can be reused and turned into gift tags. After Christmas is done, simply cut out shapes or elements of your card to reuse the following Christmas. I get my kids to do this – it’s one of their favourite post-Christmas tasks!

Do also remember that cards with glitter on them should not be recycled. Instead, these should be reused or placed in your general waste bin.

And whilst we’re here talking about green Christmas tips, do check out my guide to having the ultimate eco-friendly Christmas. You might just pick up some other clever eco ideas!

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