Fancy planting a Christmas card?

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plantable tagsI came across these little gems yesterday. Botanical PaperWorks, a North American pioneer in eco-friendly stationery, has partnered with London-based ecohip to design and distribute 100% tree-free plantable paper.

Their stationery is made from 100% post-consumer waste infused with wildflower seeds. Which means, after the big day you can bury your cards in the garden! You can choose from a tree shaped card with spruce seeds implanted in it. Other cards and tags contain wildflower seeds.

With the message ‘create beauty, not waste’ The Plantable Gift Tags are embedded with wildflower seeds and made with 100% post-consumer waste. The green and red gift tags are embedded with white spruce seeds and when planted will grow trees for generations to come.

According to Defra, one tree needs to be chopped down for every 3000 Christmas cards, and in the UK alone, around 1 billion Christmas cards will be sent this year. That’s over 300,000 trees. That’s pretty shocking when you stop to think about it.

So if you’re not ready to be an eco warrior and send e-cards, I think these are a great compromise and what’s more, EcoHip are offering all their cards and tags at 30% off while stocks last. Go and shop, friends!


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I am a long time supporter of the Green and Sustainable lifestyle. After being caught in the Boscastle floods in 2004, our family begun a journey to respect and promote the importance of Earth's fragile ecosystem, that focussed on reducing waste. Inspired by the beauty and resourcefulness of this wonderful planet, I have published numerous magazine articles on green issues and the author of four books.

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  1. Fr. Peter says:

    What a great idea, and a possibility for our DIY recycled cards as well.

  2. Hi Mrs Green,

    This is a fine use of used Christmas items. Ideally, these should be available from local stores for the general public. A link with Lush, for example, would be worth consideration for next year. I shop there, as well as many others, and would especially like the wildflower type which could be planted in most green spaces.

  3. Mrs Green says:

    Hi Peter; they are fab aren’t they – such a simple idea when you think about it and yes, a great possibility for some home made cards.

    John; wouldn’t it be great to see these available on the high street? I think in time we will. One of our other commenter’s bought Pangea organics to my awareness. They are a US company, but this is a great idea for UK suppliers

  4. Layla says:

    WOW! Great ideas – plantable cards and plantable product packaging!! Much better than styrofoam! I wish Amazon and all other mail order companies and manufacturers did this!!

    I do hope green and environmentally healthy dyes and other chemicals were used in the process.. do they mention those anywhere?

  5. Mrs Green says:

    Hi Layla; I thought of you yesterday – I had a package from Amazon which told me the cardboard was not only recyclable, but was 100% recycled already. That’s a good step forward.
    There was no mention of dyes and chemicals, but a quick email to the store would clarify, no doubt. I like to think this has been taken into account.

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