This 42-Year-Old Birthday Card Is The Ultimate In Recycling

While we tend to think of recycling paper, plastic and glass as a modern-day habit, it seems it was also popular back in 1973. In fact, two men have been sending each other the exact same birthday card for over 40 years.

Most of us rush out to buy a birthday card when a friend’s birthday is coming up, sometimes with a last minute panic. These two men never have that problem, they just send the exact same card, year after year.

As reported on the Mirror Online, an Imgur user recently posted the above image of the well-worn and well-used birthday card saying he thinks it’s “pretty old school cool.”

What probably started off as a joke ended up being a well-established habit it seems as the two men, apparently named Ron and Jeff, recycled the same Peanuts birthday card indefinitely, backwards and forwards.

The idea was most probably inspired by the message on the front of the birthday card, which was posted to Imgur, showing one of the characters from the popular Peanuts cartoons saying, “This is the age of Ecology!”


And then there’s the interior of the birthday card, also posted to Imgur, which bears the slogan “Don’t throw this card away… recycle it to a friend!” Which they did, over, and over, and over again for the last 42 years.


They certainly kept up with the recycling theme and obviously saved a fortune on the 42 years’ worth of birthday cards they would have had to buy.

On the subject of the benefits of recycling, the Inquisitr recently reported the story of the woman who threw an Apple-1 computer into a recycling bin which then fetched a hefty $200,000.

Another story tells us about an ocean clean up array that is said to be on the brink of freeing the oceans of the endless plastic pollution dumped into them by us humans. This sounds like a hopeful trend indeed.

Last, and definitely not least, is the tale posted on the Inquisitr of the “Poo Bus,” which has recently broken a land-speed record, all the while powered by good old cow manure. Now they are exploring using human feces and other waste as a form of fuel too – sounds like it might be a smelly process, but they say that the final product is odor-free.

Readers, do you recycle your plastic, glass and paper, or even send recycled birthday cards? Let us know in the comments below.

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