Win plantable cards from EcoHip!

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Win a set of plantable cards from EcoHip!

Win a set of plantable cards from EcoHip!

We’ve featured these gorgeous cards from EcoHip a couple of times on the site when sharing zero waste Valentine’s day ideas and rubbish free Christmas suggestions last year.

Sure it’s nice to make your own cards or even go paper free and send ecards to ensure there is no landfill waste, but for some people (i.e. people like me with zero artistic ability) and some occasions only a ‘real’ card will do.

EcoHip have the answer with their plantable cards. The cards are made from 100% recycled paper which is embedded with a selection of wildflower seeds. When your loved one has finished displaying the card, they find a sunny spot, spread a thin layer of soil onto the paper and water well. In 6-8 weeks their flowers will bloom, creating a special gift to remember which is completely biodegradable!

EcoHip’s plantable card range includes:

* Baby congratulations cards
* Congratulations cards – perfect for weddings
* Mother’s day cards
* Condolence cards
* Blank greetings cards for any occasion

Naturally my first question was whether or not the cards were packaged in cellophane! I didn’t want you winning a great prize only to be left with landfill waste to dispose of. I was quickly reassured the wrap is compostable corn; just cut it up and add it to your compost heap!

EcoHip is a great name, and founder Steve Chasan explains: “The word hip means ‘now’ or ‘happening’. We believe the time is right to come together and start a green revolution.”

To help you start your own green revolution, Steve is offering one lucky winner a selection of 15 plantable cards.

All you have to do is leave a comment below. For a bonus entry, hop over and ‘like’ the new EcoHip fan page on Facebook. (let me know when you’ve done that)

We’ll select a winner using a Random Generator in a week’s time – so be quick!


About the Author ()

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. Alison monaghan says:

    What a great idea will be purchase some for friends birthdays

  2. Jane Willis says:

    What a brilliant idea. I think this would be perfect for condolence cardswhich are always so difficult to get right. Growing flowers in memory of a loved one sounds loke a lovely thing to do. I’ve followed EcoHip on Facebook.

  3. Nicola B says:

    The ´Hello Bundle of Joy´ cards are just lovely. I stopped buying Christmas cards a few years ago because of the waste. Plantable cards are a fantastic idea.

  4. Iona Smith says:

    What an absolutely fantastic idea!! Right for all occasions – and it stops you feeling guilty throwing away cards with lovely messages inside.

  5. emma cella says:

    What a great idea will be purchase some for friends birthdays
    I’ve followed EcoHip on Facebook.

  6. Jane says:

    Plantable greetings cards – why haven’t I heard of them before! Just brilliant. Periods of sadness and joy make you supersensitive to nature around you – well they do me – so I agree that planting something to remind you of a special occasion or of someone is a great way to do that.

    When my father died years ago I made the wreath for his coffin out of the flowers (and some vegetables – just the leaves not the roots as well – but that’s an idea!) from his garden. It was made with love from me and you can’t buy that. I am very aware of what was flowering at that sad time and I think of him fondly when I see those particular plants blooming each year. I also have a jasmine plant in my garden which my father planted for me when I couldn’t because I was pregnant. So that is special because it reminds me of the father I’ve lost and the baby who has now grown up and left home!

  7. Hazel says:

    What a superb idea – and there’s always the possibiity that the flowers would self seed for future years as well.

    I have liked EcoHip on Facebook.

  8. those are so cute and a wonderful idea

  9. abbie says:

    Love these! Thanks so much for the chance to win.

  10. Deb says:

    Fantastic, really love this idea. Great website too.

  11. Deb says:

    h yes, and I have liked on facebook too.

  12. CarSue says:

    These are a smashing idea! At the recycling center where I work, we give out little bookmarks as business cards. They have our address, hours, phone and website, and they say “planting the seeds of a brighter community.” They are made the same as these cards, from 100% recycled paper, and with seeds in them. They’re great! Plus the printer who makes them for us donates tons of wildflower seeds to us, so our office is surrounded. Lovely!

  13. joddle says:

    The only card worth buying. Very sweet and novel idea

  14. Isil says:

    These are lovely. Thanks for the chance. I have liked the page on FB.

  15. caroline king says:

    yes definatly a great idea!!! would love some as i am always looking for ways to encourage others to be more green – not that i am perfect!!

  16. This sound fantastic! I love the idea of having business cards printed with this paper too!

  17. Gaz Mills says:

    What a brilliant idea. Smart and practicle. Have also liked on Facebook.

  18. Ashleigh says:

    what a great idea, please enter me!

  19. Ian says:

    What a great idea – I’d like to get some… and winning them would be even better!

  20. Alice Matthews says:

    Aww these are lovely. I am a primary school teacher and would love to show them to the children at school. We have a very strong eco group in the school and I think they woudl be really wowed by these funky cards. Very creative! Please enter me as I would love to take them into show the eco group – and send them to my eco and gardening friends.

  21. Fi Brown says:

    It is a fabulous idea. I once received a plantable post card that gave me so much joy when it grew as meadow flowers!

    Definitely an option for when home-made cards won’t do!

    Enjoyed reading your post, off to investigate FaceBook

  22. val young says:

    This sounds like a great idea and I heve liked on facebook

  23. Fi Brown says:

    All liked on FB – now I can see me spending this weeks housekeeping on there! Oops

  24. Catherine says:

    I think this is a strange, but could be brilliant idea. Its good to have a duel use for cards, an extra surprise after the special day!

  25. Catherine Owen says:

    Forgot to add – have liked your facebook page.

  26. Anne says:

    Great idea

  27. Scott Reynolds says:

    What a great idea, flowers and a card built into one package. Modern technology is fantastic

  28. Daisymaebee Mse Griffin says:

    As a super keen plantaholic I think this is a lovely idea. Most of my family recieve plant related pressies from me thru out the year. It’s a real novelty and a great way to recycle. Have liked Ecohip on

  29. Anne-Marie Dixon says:

    Blooming Brilliant idea!. I hope it blossoms! I have liked you on FB too!

  30. Coralie Pearson says:

    What an ace idea! I have liked the facebook page too x

  31. Tracy Smith says:

    Wow! These are amazing – my mind’s already making a list of people who would love to receive one of these!

  32. georgina gothard says:

    what a brilliant idea, my dad would love these! x

  33. Richard Holmes says:

    What a good idea to prompt people to recycle

  34. Georg Ball says:

    I think these are an awesome idea! Liked on Fb too1

  35. Denice says:

    What a fantastic idea, and one that is going to quickly catch on, one of those ideas that you think someone should have had years ago. I will definately be buying some.

  36. Cam says:

    What a brilliant idea! Have liked on FB 🙂

  37. FionaLynne Edwards says:

    Great idea – a gift and a card in one!

  38. Jennifer Thorpe says:

    what a really lovely idea 🙂 have liked the facebook page too

  39. Ileana Fernandes says:

    Wonderful Idea 🙂 Have liked on fb x

  40. Nina Harris says:

    I cant believe that no one has thought of this fantastic idea before!

  41. Susie says:

    What a great idea for children’s birthday cards. I think most children don’t give a second thought to the cards they receive but something like this encourages conversation both about the environment and gardening. Fabulous!

  42. denise yribarren says:

    This is a charming idea! I try to make my own greeting cards as I found those in the stores are rather expensive. I have trouble keeping up and sometimes I have no choice but to purchase one.

    I really would not feel guilty at all purchasing these lovely “green cards”. I am keeping my fingers crossed that I may win!

  43. Debbie Grinstead says:

    Fantastic idea and a beautiful 2 in 1 gift. card…definately the place I will be getting all my cards from now

  44. Debbie Grinstead says:

    oh and have liked on facebook 🙂

  45. Gemma Harrison says:

    How fantastic. these are great. (liked on facebook)

  46. Immortal Beloved says:

    What a fabulous idea, I feel a purchase coming !

  47. MseSpikey says:

    what a fantastic idea for all ages … love it.

  48. Phil Darling says:

    What a fantastic idea – why didn’t I think of that?

  49. Sleepwalker says:

    I would love to win a card, what a lovely way for sentiments to continue. Really nice idea, off to check out the website.

  50. Katie Brigden says:

    Wow what a fab idea! 🙂

  51. Allan says:

    A genius idea!!!

  52. Ron Goodwin says:

    Such a brilliant idea. I have “liked” EcoHip on Facebook.

  53. Poppy says:

    What a wonderful idea 🙂 My Mum is going away shortly after Mothers Day so this would be ideal for her and indeed, my MiL who loves gardening 🙂 Just ‘liked’ the Facebook page and will go back now to check it all out further.

  54. Mary Watson says:

    Fantastic idea and such a long lasting one.
    Have “liked” on Facebook and will share with others.

  55. Rob Proietti says:

    I was baffled at first when I read the description, but it’s a great idea! I love quirky things like this!

    (‘liked’ on Facebook). 🙂

  56. Belinda Hendry says:


  57. Jenny Price says:

    What a nice idea liked & shared on facebook as jennyp19

  58. katherine grieve says:

    Gorgeous and what a fab idea!

    have liked and shared on fb too

  59. Rachael Lines says:

    What a fantastic idea, these are perfect

  60. Tanya says:

    Love the cards and seeds idea. Would also be good to have seeds that grow into edible plants.

  61. Heather Shaw says:

    What an amazing idea!

    Liked on FB 🙂

  62. Shirl says:

    What a brilliant idea, definitely count me in for the giveaway.

    Shirl x

  63. Shirl says:

    ps. I’ve liked you on Facebook too! … :0)

  64. Lizzie Webster says:

    Oh wow, what a great idea!! I’ve shared on Facebook too… I’m so impressed!

  65. Dave R says:

    What a great Idea!

  66. san says:

    what a great idea- would love to win these

  67. san says:

    have also liked on FB x

  68. Caroline Lyons says:

    I know someone who will just love these!

  69. Ellie Peabody says:

    Great idea – why has no-one thought of it before???

  70. Ellie Peabody says:

    Also liked on f/b 🙂

  71. Andrea says:

    What a great idea – never heard of plantable cards before.

  72. Margaret says:

    A brilliant idea

  73. DawnLouise Millmoor says:

    Wow what a fab way to turn a simple greetings card into a more memorable moment!

  74. DawnLouise Millmoor says:

    Also liked you on Facebook – and I like what I see there too!

  75. Misty Williams says:

    Wat a fab idea 😀

  76. Jo Boyd says:

    What a fantastic idea – would make a card much more meaningful

  77. Jo Boyd says:

    Like the website too – even more good ideas!

  78. Kat Clark says:

    I’d love to win a baby congratulations card. Loads of my friends are due in the next couple of months 🙂

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