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5 Eco Friendly Christmas Decor Ideas for a Zero Waste Christmas

As another Christmas is just around the corner, it’s time to get creative with how we manage our waste over the festive period. Here at the Ecard Mint headquarters, we fancy ourselves pretty knowledgable when it comes to all things Christmas so we have put together a list of our favourite Eco-Friendly Christmas Decor for a greener, more sustainable Christmas.

1.Dried Orange Decorations | A Timeless Christmas Classic – 6 Hours including Cooking!
What you will need to make this zesty decoration.

1 Orange (Per Decoration)
Some string
A handful of Cinnamon sticks
A cup of Cloves
1 Skewer

First, you will slice your orange into pieces that are about half a centimetre thick. Please remember the thinner the slice, the quicker the drying time will be.

Next, take your skewer or any kind of stick and create a hole right at the top of the slice. Remember you have to thread your string through the hole so make sure it’s big enough!

Next, put the orange slice with a hole directly onto the metal rack rather than a baking tray. Put the oven at 60* for up to five hours. Once they are fully dried out, leave them overnight for good measure.

Now to time to decorate. Push the cloves into the slice in a decorative fashion around the edges of the slice.

Thread the string. tie a knot. Then repeat on each one to change the length of the garland. Add some cinnamon sticks in between the slices to finish!

The National Trust has made a super easy to follow video on this – <a href=”http://nationaltrust.org.uk/features/how-to-make-scented-orange-slice-tree-decorations”>watch here</a>.

2. DIY Wrapping Paper | Think Reusable  – 1 Hour including wrapping!
Wrap your Christmas presents the eco-friendly way this year.

Bows and ribbons can make your Christmas gifts look glorious, but concerns are growing that these Christmas trimmings could be harming the planet. This concern is so great that when Hobbycraft released their Christmas craft trends for 2019 they reported a rise in eco-conscious craft makers seeking out materials to make homemade Christmas gift-wrap and tags.

You will be surprised by how much alternative wrapping paper is just sitting around the house, below we have listed some of Ecard Mint’s favourite eco-friendly wrapping paper solutions!

  1. Maps from old magazines, leaflets from past museums and attractions or just an out of date A-Z Roadmap could be used… Plus the older they are, they will have that vintage look that it’s so popular today.
  2. Fabric – That’s right old pieces of fabric, they are easy to customize – use a furoshiki-style knot to fasten it for something a bit fancier.
  3. Free and easy, ask your local store for some older editions or even Foreign language newspapers and comic sections for something a little different.

Consider wrapping your gifts with reusable wrapping materials and decorate them with a spring of holly instead of using throwaway tags and ribbons.

3. Make your own Advent Calander
Fill it with anything you like, from Teabags or Chocolate here’s how to make your very own, reusable Awesome Advent Calander!

Now you will need a fair few things to create this, and the awesome Prima have rounded it up in a rather easy article.

Plain fabric or linen
Fabric marker
Staple gun
Duct tape
3 Different Coloured threads
Sewing machine
Hardboard (60cm x 70cm)
Polyester wadding
Ribbon
Needle and pins
Buttons

Follow the instructions <a href=”https://www.prima.co.uk/craft/sewing/how-to/a36517/make-your-own-advent-calendar”>here</a>

4. Eco-friendly Gits.

After searching the interwebs for this years top eco-friendly Christmas gifts we found the guys over at <a href=”http://friendsoftheearth.uk”>Friends of the Earth</a> have made a rather nice Christmas package with a Christmas Bee Saver Kit, which includes Wrapping Paper, Flower Seeds, Diary and Posters.

Find the Christmas Bee Saver Kit <a href=”https://friendsoftheearth.uk/bees/donate-save-britains-bees-get-your-bee-saver-kit-today?source=FN1609005″>here.</a>

5. SEND ECARDS RATHER THAN PAPER CARDS!

Do something good with and save on paper, carbon while sending something unique, we have animated Christmas ecards for all occasions this Christmas, funny Christmas ecards and also Christmas Ecards for businesses.

So Say Hello with Ecard Mint this Christmas, happy holidays from everyone here at Ecard Mint headquarters.

Send Christmas Ecards now

More Christmas Ecards to send

More Christmas Ecards to send

We have created more vintage and retro static Christmas Ecard designs for Christmas 2019. The holiday season is all about nostalgia and tradition, so these new Christmas Ecards are sure to be well received.

Seasons Greetings Vintage Ecard

Seasons Greetings Vintage Ecard

Holly Jolly Christmas Ecard

Holly Jolly Christmas Ecard

Red Bird Christmas Ecard

Red Bird Christmas Ecard

Browse through the 120 different Email cards in our static Christmas Ecard category to select the perfect design for your family and friends, work colleagues or customers.

Goodbye to Katie’s Cards

It with heavy hearts with announcing the closure of sister site Katie’s Cards. Katie’s cards was our first endeavour into the Email and Communications world. The site launched back in 2004 with the simple goal to deliver awesome animated communications between friends and family.

Since then, we have sent over a whopping 1,000,000 Emails out to over 100+ countries across the world. This is something we are hugely proud of and used our experiences to build on when creating Ecard Mint. We are confident that Ecard Mint will deliver the same solutions to Katie’s Cards members, and we have improved on our service when in Early 2019 we made over 700+ Ecard available to send for free.

We want to thank you for being part of Katie’s Cards! We hope to see you again.

Katie’s Cards will close it’s digital doors July 30th 2019.

We Went Viral – 600m Views on GIPHY

Well if you didn’t already know, we are big fans of GIPHY and have been putting in the time to contribute to the platform. If you don’t know what GIPHY is, well where have you been? GIPHY is the number one GIF sharing platform on the interwebs, first started back in 2014 GIPHY has now become the go-to for peoples GIFing needs – Including ours.

We have been uploading stories to our page and hundreds of GIFs over the last year and I’m happy to report we have now hit over the 600 Million mark for views of our GIFs, so much so if you type in Happy Birthday into facebook messenger (powered by GIPHY) you will see one of our Birthday Ecards at the top.

With all the success of our GIFs, we are asking you to email [email protected] with your favorite GIF to be entered in to win a 1 Year Silver Membership. That’s right just send us your favorite GIF and you could be a winner, no theme – as random as you like.

Best of luck!

New Collection: Easter Ecards 2019

That’s right Easter 2019 is only around the corner crack open the Chocolate Eggs and start sending pleasantries this Easter 2019 with Ecard Mint.

Easter is just days away. Make this year EGG-STRA special and show SOME-BUNNY You’re thinking of them by sending or scheduling a joyful online greeting with Ecard Mint. Not only that but for Easter 2019 all of Ecard Mints static & animated Ecards are FREE for everyone! That’s right all of our Easter Ecards are FREE, FREE, FREE…. 

Now we all have the correct dates, why not check out our latest Ecards for Easter 2019.

  1. Cute Bunny Ecard

 

 

 

 

 

2. Chocolate Egg Ecard

 

 

 

 

 

3. Minimal Easter Ecard

New Collection: Birthday Ecards

As Birthday Season rolls closer we are happy to launch a new collection of Birthday Ecards both Animated and Static all ready for a range of situations. That’s right from funny Birthday Ecards to workplace Birthday Ecards, whatever the occasion we have you covered.

Plus that’s not all, we have just lowered all pricing on Birthday Ecards, so no matter if it’s an Animated or Static Birthday Ecard it will only cost you £1 / $1.30 / €1.10 – Find out more about our price change here.

1. Cloud Birthday Ecard

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2. Fun Birthday Ecard

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3. Blew It Late Birthday

 

 

 

 

Staff Appreciation Day 2019: 5 Ways to Celebrate in the Workplace

During their careers, most workers will undoubtedly invest more time at the workplace than they will doing any other task, except maybe sleeping.

This Friday, March 1st, 2019 is the now world-famous Staff Appreciation Day. A great time to show how much you value all the efforts, as well as commitments made by your team and colleagues. If you’re wondering what you can do for your personnel to thank them for all their initiatives! Here are some ideas straight from the Ecard Mint HQ:

Celebrate with food.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Take your group to lunch or have lunch brought in. If lunch is a standard method of celebrating in your office, you can mix it up by holding a breakfast celebration instead. Or, think of an innovative afternoon treat activity, such as a build-it-yourself cocktail bar with music, or other fun activities.

Give a present.

 

 

 

 

 

 

You can give out a Deliveroo or Starbucks gift card to each staff member and also share something you appreciate about each person when you present the gift to them. Does your team like to remain energetic? If ‘yes’, then how about health and fitness trackers? You could also hire an exercise trainer to instruct everyone as to exactly how they should be used, and create an enjoyable physical fitness task in the workplace to kick off making use of their trackers.

Plan a team trip.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Develop a list of fascinating, unique, and fun team building occasions (within your budget) then allow your team to choose which task they would like to do. One group I know wanted a team building cooking occasion at a local restaurant. A different team rented out an ice skating rink for the afternoon, with food provided as well as beverages, a DJ spinning songs, topped off with ice skating lessons from specialist skaters.

Give them a break.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kick off the employee recognition events by giving your staff members some paid pause this Friday. Or if you want to get really creative, produce a fun voucher that lets workers choose whatever day they wish to leave early. By doing this everyone can use it whenever it is of most use to them, for example; to go to a kid’s school occasion or attend the birthday celebrations of a family member.

AND SAY THANK YOU!

After you have shown your appreciation and support to staff members this Friday, don’t fail to continue with your efforts throughout the rest of 2019. When an employee exceeds expectations or forgoes the norm on a job, tell him or her just how much you appreciate their initiatives. When the team achieves a hard won goal or hits their targets, celebrate the accomplishment. Give individual awards for outstanding work – and we are not talking like Dunder Mifflin or Wernham Hogg.

Send Staff Appreciation Ecards today and Say Hello with Ecard Mint.

New Pricing: Birthday Ecards

As we continue to upgrade the Ecard Mint website, we have also changed the pricing structure for some of our most popular Ecards.

We want to connect more people, that is why we are bringing the price down for every Birthday Ecard, both Static and Animated, to just £1 GBP  $1.30 USD or €1.10 EUROS per card.

That’s not all, to launch this amazing new price we have added over 25 new Birthday Ecards for Friends, Family, workplace and clients to celebrate the special day, at a very low cost.

Did you know one of our Birthday GIF cards went viral and has had over 200 Million views! View Ecard Mint’s GIPHY Page to see the other 110 Ecard Gifs.

View our latest Birthday Ecard Collection now

New Collection: Valentine’s Day 2019

Well, that rolled around quickly, didn’t it?  Yes, it’s that time of the year again the dreaded Valentine’s Day. This year we have taken a bit of a spin and designed new Animated Ecards, Static Valentine’s Day Ecards, Valentine’s GIFs, and Valentine’s Stickers all available to send for free.

This Valentine’s Day send Ecards to that special someone with 10+ New Cards including Anti-Valentine’s Day Ecards, Workplace / Office Ecards, LGBT Ecards, and many others all available for free.

Say Hello with Ecard Mint this Valentine’s Day.

  1. Anti-Valentine’s Day Ecards

2. Workplace / Office Valentine’s Day Ecards

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3. Romantic Valentine’s Day Ecard’s

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Don’t forget to view our latest GIPHY Story about Valentine’s Day.