Be My Eco-Valentine: 12 Top Cards for Your Love
When it comes to handmade Valentine cards, not all of us are equals in the DIY department. Luckily, a quick search on Etsy.com brings up a host of eco-friendly and handmade notes. We’ve narrowed down the search with a few of our favorites from Etsy and other sustainable greeting card companies. When planning the ways you’ll profess your feelings (whether for a partner, parent or friend), you can rest assured that these cards won’t mean any love lost for the planet. They all beat true red, while holding steadfast to our stringent green criteria – but be forewarned, they’re not all mushy-gushy on the inside!
|Smock Paper “Anchor Love” Card:
For the one that keeps you grounded and won’t let you drift away. Sustainably letterpressed on bamboo paper ($4.00).
|Good On Paper “You + Me” Card:
Rekindle that schoolyard flame – you can even add a “check yes or no” box on the back. Printed on recycled paper using vegetable-based inks ($4.75).
|Two Trick Pony ”You Still Hold the Key” Card:
Let your significant other know that they still hold the key to your heart with this Two Trick Pony card. Screen printed by hand on 100% post-consumer recycled paper, and packaged in a compostable sleeve ($4.50).
|Binth “Sucker” Card:
When whispering sweet nothings doesn’t get the point across, try sending a more direct message. Screen-printed on recycled white stock, this card is sure to garner a response ($4.25).
|Sycamore Street Press “French Bulldog” Card:
Nothing says “I love you” quite like a sweet-talking French Bulldog. Printed on 100% recycled card stock from soy-based inks ($4.50).
|Night Owl Paper Goods “Otter Love” Card:
New prints from an old favorite – we absolutely love everything from Night Owl Paper Goods, but this adorable otter card (reads: “there’s other fish in the sea, but you otter be with me”) is at the top of our list this year. Card is made of eco-friendly, sustainably harvested birch ($6).
|Botanical Paperworks Plantable “Love Is All Around Us” Card:
For a love that will continue to grow – this sweet card can be planted and will actually sprout up as wildflowers later in the season! Made of 100% post-consumer waste, embedded with high-grade pure North American wildflower seeds ($4.95).
|Seltzer Goods “V-Day Fangs” Card:
For the love that’s eternally yours. Printed on 100% post-consumer recycled paper using veggie-based inks ($3.50).
|Positively Green Card:
When you really want to let someone know how truly important they are, this quote from George Elliot says it perfectly: “Blessed is the influence of one true, loving human soul to another.” Printed with soy ink on FSC certified 100% recycled stock ($2.95).
|Fugu Fugu Press “Love You Bird” Card:
If you feel like singing about your love from the treetops, but know that your tone-deaf voice may not be the best way to woo your valentine, let this songbird card send the message instead. Printed on 100% recycled paper using soy-based ink ($5.00).
|Hard Cards “Be Mine” Valentine:
No matter the occasion, we know we’ll find ourselves rolling over in laughter with anything from Hard Cards. The inside of this seemingly affectionate card reads: “And I mean MINE. So help me if you so much as look at another person I will rip your eyeballs out. Happy Valentine’s Day.” Made on 100% post-consumer waste paper, using soy-based inks ($3.50).
|Earthy Invites “Candy Hearts” Cards:
Earthy Invites creates cards printed with soy inks, made with either 100% post consumer wastepaper or seeded paper and printed with ENERGY STAR equipment. And who wouldn’t want to be your valentine with these candy heart cards? In a pack of nine, these are also great for kids’ classmate giveaways (9 for $3.99).