Everyone remembers the days before your birthday or just before Christmas, where you just couldn’t wait to open all the cards that came in the mail. It was always a game with friends to see who got the most. But is this tradition really that good? Or are we better off sending each other E-cards? In this article I will tell you why using E-cards is overall better than regular paper cards.
Environmentally friendly E-cards
Right now we are in the midst of an ecological crisis. People are starting to become aware of the effects each of our actions has on the environment. Sending cards may seem harmless, but they are also contributing largely to the CO2 emission when you look at it closely. For instance, each card you send has to be picked up by a postal worker, who does so with their car. Then, once the card is sorted, it will be sent to the right distribution centre by car (or sometimes even by plane).
Once that card is sorted, it will be brought away by another postal worker who also does so by car since it’s easier than by bike. This isn’t even taking the amount of wood needed per card. An E-card, on the other hand, is sent through email (which everyone has) and requires no paper and cars at all to send. The amount of CO2 emitted by the internet is significantly less than the CO2 emitted by cars and planes.
E-cards are more creative
When sending a card, you want to send a unique card which makes your grandma laugh. This can be quite hard when every store sells the same layout. E-cards give you the opportunity to create your own layout, using your own pictures and designs or maybe even an inside joke between you and your friends. This creates a better bond between friends and family than the standard “congratulations” cards you find at the store. Another thing about free E-cards is that there is no actual limit to what you can do with them. If you want a to send a birthday E-card of a talking dog to your aunt, it’s possible! You can even record your own voice wishing her a happy birthday. You can have interactive puzzles on E-cards, video’s, gifs, you name it and it exists!
Not only are E-cards more creative, but they are also better for your wallet. E-cards are in almost all cases free to design and send, and even if you have to pay a small fee, it’s still less than the costs of buying a card, envelop and a stamp. For people who like to live more frugal or who just don’t have a lot to spare, sending free e-cards is the perfect way to still be able to keep in touch with friends and family who they don’t see that often. Let’s say one card, stamp included, costs about $4. And you send one to your direct family members (grandparents, aunts, uncles) and to your friends for their birthday. That would make $40-$60 dollars for birthdays only.
Now add in Christmas, where you send cards to the more distant family as well and you easily rack up about $150 dollars a year just by sending cards. Sending free E-cards, however, would save you this money and allow you to save up to take your family out for a birthday dinner instead of sending them a card. Or you could buy that train ticket to visit your friend whom you haven’t seen in ages.
Not everyone has the perks of walking around, especially when it’s cold and icy outside. Having to go to the store, only to find out that it’s closed isn’t much better either. By sending E-cards, you solve both of these problems since you don’t even need to leave your house. You can send them during holidays, on Sundays, during snowstorms etc. There is no need to rush to the post office before closing time either, you just hit send and away goes the card!
To conclude this with, E-cards are by far superior over paper cards. And for those of you that worry about the card feeling impersonal, it’s never impersonal as you take the time to find a design and text that suits the receiving person. You put the effort into it, just like with a paper card.
So if you want to save money, the environment and the inside jokes you have with your friends, it’s time to choose E-cards!