Back in 2007, we opened a forum thread where many of you shared greats tips of how to make Postcrossing a greener hobby: from preferring recycled paper postcards, to using refillable pens, to walking/biking to the post office — loads of simple but real practical tips that anyone can follow.
Over the years, our impact on the environment has become a bigger concern for us too and we started making changes where we could. We have since switched Postcrossing’s servers to a carbon-neutral datacenter, started contributing to environmental causes every year and even planted a Postcrossing’s tiny forest with the help of some brave postcrossers , on a very special kind of meetup. You can learn more about all this on our Towards a greener planet page.
(This lovely image was done for us by postcrosser nofrodelius — isn’t it cool?)
There’s still work to be done though and with this new forum, we don’t want this topic to be lost. We want to make sure there’s a place for this to continue to be talked about and where more tips can be shared between postcrossers.
Hence, below are some of the tips we have collected over the years.
- Choose postcards made of recycled paper or postcards made with fibre from sustainable forests. For instance, FSC certified paper.
- Walk, or ride your bike to take your mail to the post office or postbox.
- Where available, consider buying postage that offsets the carbon emissions of delivering your mail.
- When sending your postcards, avoid using envelopes. If you must use them, try to reuse old envelopes (it can be fun!), or prefer those made from recycled paper.
- Use refillable pens, highlighters, etc.
- Print on both sides of the paper or reuse old sheets to print things for personal use.
- When wrapping objects, reuse gift paper. Be creative! You can use old maps, newspapers, pages from magazines, etc.
- Where possible, get your electricity from a company that provides it from sustainable energy sources such as wind farms, solar panels or hydropower.
- Support an environmental organization.
If you think of others, please feel free to add to them by leaving a comment too. And/or share with others which ones you usually do (or why not).
And to help getting the discussion started, a question: does your postal operator sell postage stamps that offsets carbon emissions? If so, how does it compare with the regular postage prices?