Hello! Welcome to Fun to Be Green Thursdays! This is the day where I will inform you of different ways to make your life a little greener.
Lately, I have been looking for tree-free paper to make for my thank you cards, tags, business cards and even postcards. I have found many great companies out there that sell tree free paper that you can print on, but I’ll get to those in another post. What I also found in my research, is seed paper! I have seen this before, but I had forgotten about it. Most companies who make the seed paper, take post consumer paper and turn it back into a pulp, add seeds and create new life for the paper. You can get seed paper with wild flowers, herbs, plants or other flower seeds depending on the company.
Most of the time if you want to print on the seed paper, you need a specific printer and ink. Some printers may damage the seeds. If you want something printed on the paper, I suggest going through one of the companies that specialize in this. There is one company that I really like, called Bloomin.
“Bloomin seed paper is biodegradable and grows into wildflowers and other plants. As its popularity and manufacture grows, we continue to add alternative energy and eco-technologies. Our seed paper is crafted from 100% post-industrial, recycled paper and dyed with all-natural, vegetable-based pigments. Our products are printed with water-based inks and, when included, use corn-based packaging. Our production facility uses a 30kW solar power system—enough for all of our energy needs and powered by the same sun that makes our products bloom.”
Here are some other companies out there that do seeded paper:
Here is how bloomin tells you to plant their paper. I have noticed most of the companies have similar ways.
Green thumb or all thumbs, even you can grow wildflowers from our seed paper! Some regions will have better luck with some seeds than others—but all regions will have a variety that thrives. Follow the tips below, and you’ll be enjoying beautiful wildflowers in no time!*
When to Plant1. Plant the paper outdoors in the cooler months, fall through early spring. Fall plantings will take advantage of the winter rains to give you early spring blooms.
2. Plant anytime indoors, then transplant to a more permanent location in early spring.
How to Plant and Nourish
1. Loosen the soil.
2. Soak the seed paper in water overnight.
3. Plant the wet seed paper in the prepared soil, at a depth of about 1/4 inch.
4. Water well, especially during the first four to six weeks.
5. Practice weed control.
*While perennials don’t normally bloom the first year, your annuals will.
Be sure to check them out. If you are feeling crafty, most of the companies sell just the paper by itself, so you can do your own DIY projects!
This is a fantastic way to be green! From wedding invitations to business cards to plantable favors…you can give back to the Earth!