Sunday, 3 November 2019

Paperless Post: A Sustainable Alternative To Sending Christmas Cards This Year

[Ad] This year, I've focused on how I could live more intentionally. I had a massive declutter, and I've tried to find alternatives to single-use plastics. So when Paperless Post approached me and asked me to look at their range, I was so excited. With Paperless Post, have I found a sustainable alternative to sending Christmas cards this year?

The Paperless Post website in a post about creating sustainable Christmas cards.
I can't believe I'm using the "Christmas" word already. But time has just flown by this year. I know if I don't get sorted soon, it will be March before I know it! To get me in the Christmas spirit, I had to pop on a good old Christmas film. What is your favourite Christmas film?

What is Paperless Post?

Paperless Post is a website where you can create customisable online e-cards, invitations and flyers. There is a free version as well as a paid version for premium cards.

Paperless Post provides a sustainable alternative to sending cards and invitations, so I was so happy when they offered me the opportunity to try our sending their paperless Christmas cards this year.

I'm quite a traditional when it comes to sending cards through the post. Yet, this doesn't really sit well with looking towards living more intentionally, with less waste and environmental impact.

How does it work?

It all about coins. You have to buy coins to use as credit. Some cards are free, and adding customisable elements will cost you various amounts of coins.

I chose a basic cute penguin design for one group of people and a customisable card and uploaded a photo for another.

Step one: Choose your design.

I have to say there were lots of different options. 452 cards came up for a "Christmas card" search alone. You can obviously also choose a holiday or New Year if you don't celebrate Christmas.

Some of the designs are free, and others start at, for example, two coins.

Step two: Customise

You can use the free backdrop, or you can pay a coin to change it, or remove the background altogether.

Next, you can edit the text in the body of the card. You can edit the text as much or as little as you want.

Then you can choose the lining of the envelope, or leave it as the present one. It costs one coin to change it, but I quite liked the bright yellow polka dots.

You can then decide if you want to pay a coin to change the stamp or leave it as the free Paperless Post stamp.

The Paperless Post website showing how I created the card in a post about creating sustainable Christmas cards.

Step three: Reply options

Next, we have the reply options. This is really handy should you be sending an invitation or a save the date, as you can customise to add the date to their calendars, send information links to your venue, etc.

Step four: Add your recipient's email address.

Finally, you pop in your recipient's details and email address. You can even import a CVS file if you want to send to multiple recipients. Again that would be brilliant for a wedding or significant event.

The Paperless Post website showing how I created the card in a post about creating sustainable Christmas cards.

As simple as that?

Yep. Just press send, and your beautiful, customisable card pops into your recipient's inbox—the simple design I created cost only three coins and a personalised card, just five coins.

I love the idea that the cards look like "real" cards, but can be a small step towards being more sustainable. The fact it looks like a real card, and it opens up on your screen is really effective—something which looks like you've really made an effort.

The fact the cards are customisable means you don't feel like your just getting a spam email which everyone is getting. Just the perfect way to say you're thinking of them. Although, I'm not sure if I would still prefer to send a paper card for birthdays as it's that bit more personal.

Would I recommend Paperless Post?

Yes, definitely!

I've just taken over a pub, so I'm thinking that Paperless Post is going to come in very handy to send our customers cards, invitations and they also allow you to create flyers to send directly to social media.

I think Paperless post would also be a great idea if you're getting married, for example. We spent a fortune on postage sending out the save the dates and then the invitations.

Do you prefer traditional cards or are you going paperless?

Lots of love, 
Helen x

Pinterest pin for a post about creating sustainable Christmas cards using the website Paperless Post.

*This post is kindly sponsored by Paperless Post. All opinions are my own.

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