Recycled Paper Cards for the Suddenly Responsible Almost Thirty Something

by Henry L. on July 7, 2008

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The older I get, the guiltier I feel about my irresponsible ways. I’ve spent most of my twenties trying to make a dent in the credit card debt I racked up in college. I’ve spent the past few months kicking myself for all of the detrimental behavior I’ve displayed towards the environment. I’m wondering why it isn’t easier to stick to a healthy diet and lose the tire around my waist once and for all.

Maybe a “responsibility switch” flips on as you approach the age of thirty. I paid off the Visa card. I opened a savings account. I’ve started using reusable bags to do the grocery shopping, and I’ve begun replacing the light bulbs in my apartment with energy-efficient ones. I’ve also become more aware of what I’m recycling. Did you know that of the seven different types of plastic, most towns only pick up the first two at the curb?

Of course, working at The Gallery Collection, I’ve become sensitive to the designs I choose each year for my holiday cards as well. It’s comforting to know that we are doing our part by offering recycled paper cards and windpower cards. It’s comforting to know that we can offer earth-friendly alternatives for those customers shopping for corporate greeting cards.

Now, if I could just rid myself of my fast food diet, it’d be smooth sailing. Not only would a French fry boycott undoubtedly help me to shed some pounds and feel better, but think of all the Styrofoam containers I wouldn’t be tossing to wind up in landfills! Of course, this would require me to use those weird contraptions in the kitchen (you know…appliances) and cultivate my as-of-yet non-existent culinary abilities.

Do you think they would print Cooking for Dummies on recycled paper?

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luckysmom September 28, 2009 at 10:44 pm

Good for you Dee for reaching a level of maturity some people never reach (myself included and I’m headed toward forty-something). I wish I could say I paid off my credit cards, though I am trying. I have started to wake up to all the wastefulness my family and I contribute to the world and am doing what I can. I too have switched my lightbulbs to the compact fluorescent ones and have bought a bunch of reusable shopping bags. Every little bit helps. I will definitely be sending eco-friendly holiday cards this year after reading your post. It would never have occurred to me otherwise. Thanks

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