Being the ultimate recyclers ourselves in the form of thousands of lives, the Friends For the Dearborn Animal Shelter encourage and support recycling of all forms.  To this end we have compiled some suggestions on how to recycle items that you may acquire in you pet household or from the Friends themselves.

Please consider the following before throwing items into a landfill:

Greeting Cards

If you purchased a package of Holiday Cards from the Friends you know that we took care to consider the environment when selecting our card production process and material.

We would like to remind you that depending on the bag your cards came in as noted on the information sheet you received in your package it can

  • Be used to archive old photos or papers or recycled of plastic based
  • Or it is plant based and can be recycled in a compost

If you received a Holiday Card produced by the Friends you will be pleased to know that we took care to consider the environment when selecting our card production process and material.  Your card and envelopes are made with 10% PCW recycled material and the printer uses eco-friendly processes and inks.

Furthermore we would like to suggest the following ideas for recycling you cards after done displaying them.

1.  Donate – When ready to take down those holiday greeting cards instead of throwing them in the trash donate them to St. Jude’s Ranch or Arts & Scraps.

2.  Art -

  • Frame card fronts that you want to display year round or use to decorate for the holidays.
  • Use a card as a mat for a photo.  To use as a mat pick a card that would make a decorative frame for a photo and cut out the center to the size needed for the photo.
  • Use the back page of a card as a filler in a frame.

3.  Gift Tags – Cut out the picture, punch a hole, tie a ribbon, write to/from and a note on the back.  Get creative.

4.  Scrapbooking – Use the pictures, words and letters to decorate pages.

5.  Holiday Ornaments  and Decor -

6.  Arts & Crafts Projects – Cards are the perfect items for kids to learn how to cut and paste, and make homemade, one-of-a-kind cards, pictures and collages.

7.  Bookmarks – Cut card into 2″ x 5″ strips or whatever size you wish. The kids could make these for gifts for their grandparents, aunts and uncles.

8.  Postcards & Recipe cards – If nothing is written on the back side of the front of the card it can be reused as a postcard or to capture your favorite recipes.

9.  On Display – Place keepsake cards under glass on a coffee table or desk. This way you will see them often versus having them tucked in a box you may only open every 10 years. Rotate cards if you wish.

10.  Coasters – Cut into a circle and place under a glass when entertaining guests (especially handy for a kid’s party).

Sign Up