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Two of the best holiday cards we received this Christmas were:
#1 A “Seeds-n-Greetings” card.
#2 A computer monitor display card & screensaver.
The best part: They’re both “green” and good for the environment.
They’re green because they’re all-in-one gifts and cards. Two for the price of one
…and FUN, too!
The Seeds-n-Greetings card was from Rackspace, our all-time favorite managed hosting provider. We love ’em for their “fanatical support” with our server.
Their one-of-a-kind holiday card was made from recycled paper. On the front, it said “Seeds-n-Greetings” (this will make more sense in a minute), and below that was the company’s logo.
The cardstock paper itself was kind of lumpy — much like recycled paper often is, but lumpier. Upon closer investigation (and after reading the message inside the card), we realized there were lots of tiny flower seeds weaved into the paper itself.
The message read:
We’re going green for the Holidays and for the future. And you can start, too, by planting this card and watching it grow. From your friends at Rackspace.
On the back it said this: “Planting Instructions: This paper is embedded with a handful of annual and perennial wildflower seeds. Plant it under 1/4″ of loose, well-drained soil. Water twice daily and keep moist until seedlings are established. Germination is 1-4 weeks.”
More about Rackspace’s new “greenspace initiative”.
Have I mentioned how much we love Rackspace?… both, for their fanatical support… and their attempts to save the Earth.
(We sent them a Thank You cookie bouquet in return. Happy Holidays to the most fanatical support team on the planet!)
The computer monitor display card was from Printing Concepts — a printer that Jim used to work with ages ago. (It’s nice when old friends remember you.)
This new-fangled holiday card came with a link to a “complimentary matching screensaver”.
Why it’s cool… There were instructions on the back for placing this card atop your computer monitor. It’s cute. It’s more fun to display than your “typical” Christmas card. And it’s in tune with our (and 90% of Americans’) increased time spent at the computer these days.
Plus, it’s a “green” card because it’s a greeting and a gift all in one. In fact, with the separate downloadable screensaver, it’s a multi-gift.
Fun, fun, FUN!
A Green Ornament
And on a related note, here’s a “green” ornament that was featured in Family Circle magazine (December, 2007):
If there is ONE thing I like… it's C H A N G E! The four seasons and major holidays are my favorite times of the year to recharge — and redecorate. I mostly like to share frugal DIY ideas for seasonal home decorating and party planning (for both, indoors and outside). Because who doesn't enjoy entertaining at home?! But even if you don't host many parties, I think you'll appreciate my DIY hacks and clever ways to decorate your house for the major holidays including Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas. Because those are the times when people tend to have the most visitors and overnight houseguests.