Towards a greener planet
Connecting the world through postcards brings happiness to our lives, but it also has an impact on our planet. From operating the servers that host this project to transporting postcards or other items through the mail, precious resources like paper and oil are used, and CO2 is produced. The increase of CO2 levels in the atmosphere is one of the causes of climate change.
We are committed to minimizing Postcrossing's ecological footprint and you can help too!
What we do
Lowering our carbon footprint
Postcrossing's servers are hosted in a carbon-neutral data center run by Amazon AWS. Amazon is committed to using renewable energies, building wind and solar farms to power their activities. You can learn more about Amazon AWS sustainability practices on their website.
Although Postcrossing is a very small organization, we believe that every action counts, so our office only uses energy from renewable sources and all lighting is done with efficient LED lamps.
A tiny forest is born
To help reduce its impact on the environment, Postcrossing regularly donates to environmental causes and helps fund sustainable energy projects around the world. In the past we have contributed to carbon offsetting initiatives, and our latest contributions went towards planting indigenous trees in central Portugal.
In 2019, a group of postcrossers got together to plant 1000 pine trees — a tiny Postcrossing forest. And in 2020, despite the rainy weather, postcrossers rolled up their sleeves and planted hundreds more! They also had the chance to confirm that the tiny Postcrossing forest has been growing steadily.
What you can do
So how can you help to make Postcrossing a greener hobby? Here are a few tips from postcrossers:
- 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.
By making little choices like the ones suggested above, you, too, are contributing to making Postcrossing a greener hobby.
Comments and suggestions are welcome on the forum.