Recycling. Eco-friendly. Stay green.
You better believe we’ve heard of all those statements over here at Cardz for Kidz!. The importance of trees, the environment, recycling? That’s something our team grew up on. For example, as noted in our founder’s former school district’s blog post, Burns Park students create greeting cards, he grew up in Ann Arbor, MI. As a student he was taught that the town got its name due to one of the founders of the city loving trees! It was named Ann’s Arbor. Arbor – a place known for trees. Thinking about it, most kids have birthday parties at their parents’ houses, Major Magics/Chuckie Cheese, and parks, but our founder attended Molly’s, a former Cardz for Kidz! board member, birthday party in 3rd grade at the Ann Arbor Recycling Center! Recycling and reserving paper was fun and ideal.
We wonder what it would have been like if you told one of those children playing at the recycling center that day that they’d be responsible for people using an additional 150,000 pieces of paper. We’re using that number to be safe since we know we’ve produced over 150,000 cards, but there’s a possibility that some people used the same piece of paper to make multiple small cards. Then again, we know that there are others who used multiple colors to make one card. For example, this Lion card below where they used different colors and pieces of paper to make the eyes and other features.
We do understand that there are some people who are disappointed with the amount of paper that we’ve used throughout the years. There are likely some that think we should use more recycled paper. Then there are others who may think we should strictly encourage our partner locations to allow us to switch everything into digital formats – people design the cards online, send them to us, then our partners could walk around with tablets and show the patients/families the custom cards. That wouldn’t use any paper at all and would be much more eco-friendly.
Although those options have multiple benefits, they may not reward the people we’re trying to encourage the most. Over the past 10+ years of running this organization, we’ve learned kids love to feel that they’re receiving mail