Paper is eco-friendly by definition, as it can be recycled without much of a hassle, and even if it isn’t, it’s highly biodegradable. Still, what if it could be even more environmentally-friendly than that?
Christmas is just around the corner, and even if you don’t believe in Santa Claus anymore, chances are you’re going to receive and/or offer gifts. Many of these (unless you’re lucky enough to get a car or a house on Christmas) will be wrapped in a lot of paper. Now multiply that scenario by a few millions and you’ll get the rough amount of paper consumed worldwide
Eden’s Paper is the perfect way of eliminating waste after receiving a gift. Sheets containing certain vegetable seeds can be used in tandem with the plantable holiday greeting cards that are all the rage this holiday season.
This innovative plantable wrapping paper comes in 5 different versions that can be distinguished by the print: chili peppers, onions, broccoli, tomatoes and carrots. Depending on the vegetables printed on the paper, each sheet has the corresponding seeds embedded into it. After unwrapping the paper, all you need to do is lay flat the paper in the garden, cover it with a layer of soil and water it. You should probably wait for the spring to do that.
Is it OK to wrap such gifts as perfumes or jewelry in sheets of paper with a vegetable print on them? I don’t think there is a correct answer to that question. It may be OK or not, but one thing is certain: doing so would help you step out of the crowd. The main goal most of us have nowadays is to be different, and this plantable wrapping paper can help you do just that, at least on one occasion.
Eden’s Paper is currently featured on Kickstarter, where its creators plan to raise £25,000 (roughly $41K). While one sheet of plantable wrapping paper can be had for about $8, backing the project with $165 would guarantee 25 sheets containing all five types of seeds and five limited edition sheets of English Country Garden Flowers.
Given how many trees end up in our printers and how much wrapping paper is being wasted on each holiday season, you should consider doing two things, despite the paper’s biodegradable nature (mind you, whether wrapping paper is biodegradable or not depends on what other materials it contains besides plain paper): either recycle or use plantable sheets. Also, planting a tree every now and then wouldn’t hurt.
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