In this past week's Sustainability Saturday post, we talked a little about the plantable paper we use here at Wildflower Wish Co. Our initial use has been to make little sleeves to wrap each of our soap bars in; our soap sleeves display the soap scent, weight, ingredients, as well as business contact and social media info. We knew that whatever material we used to make these sleeves would just get thrown away, and we wanted to eliminate that waste if at all possible.
*cue the plantable paper*
To be honest, I hadn't even heard about plantable paper until this spring, but as soon as I heard about it, I became obsessed. What better fit for our company that an eco-friendly paper that grew wildflowers! So, I began to research where to find it; I even read a bunch of articles on how to make it myself (my husband quickly shot down that idea, lol).
I soon discovered that while finding plantable paper wasn't all that hard, finding printer-safe plantable paper was an entirely different story. Most plantable paper is very delicate, so hand-writing each soap sleeve was the only option–and that was a hard pass.
Finally, I came across a shop on Etsy called flowerseedpaper. Not only did they have a beautiful selection of the delicate plantable paper (complete with pressed petals and leaves), but they also had a printer-safe plantable paper option.
Their printer-safe plantable paper has been a huge hit with our customers! Definitely one of the best decisions we've made as a business; in fact, it's been so popular that we've decided to move all of our paper products (business cards, thank you notes, info cards) to plantable paper.
The plantable paper we use for the soap sleeves is very thin, making it easy to wrap around the bars. It's also very easy to print on (there are times when the printer feeds two pages instead of just one because of how thin they are, but that really is the only problem we've had with it.)
The plantable paper we will be using for our paper products will be a sister product to the printer-safe plantable paper: a heavier cardstock weight paper. We are so excited to begin using it–be sure to look for it in your upcoming packages!
Flowerseedpaper's printer-safe plantable paper is made with a blend of ten different wildflower seeds: snapdragon, petunia, beardtongue, daisy, thyme, poppy, foxglove, catchfly, maiden pinks, and chamomile. This blend contains annuals, biennials, and perennials, so you can be sure to enjoy your wildflowers for years to come!
Flowerseedpaper recommends that you take your plantable paper, saturate the paper, then place it in an airtight ziplock bag. They also recommend to create a pocket of air around the paper, to ensure the sprouts will have room to grow. When placed in a warm room with a few hours of direct sunlight each day, your paper should begin germinating in ten days or so. Once sprouted, you may then transfer into a flower pot or garden bed; only cover with an 1/8 inch or so of soil though so you don't crush the sprouts.
Although I love how eco-friendly this paper is, my favorite thing about it (and the reason I keep using it) is that it is handmade by a community in Nepal–so every time I buy it, I help support them in their livelihood.
Flowerseed paper describes the process as follows: "This handmade lotka paper is made in the highlands of Nepal by rural craftspeople in an environmentally friendly process with 50% recycled content. The raw material for our paper is the Daphne bush. It is farmed and harvested from 3-4 year old plants that are cut down and stripped of their bark. The plant is not destroyed when cut down, it regenerates from the root. The cane like stick, once its bark is removed is dried and used to heat the villager’s homes, to provide fuel for cooking and also for the production of the paper. All of the water used in the paper production is reclaimed and reused. The bark is beaten by hand and boiled to break it down to a pulp (where it is mixed in with recycled pulp and paper scrap collected from the card and envelope manufacturing process) that is then pored into screens to form the sheets. These sheets are then dried in the sun. The whole process is not only earth friendly but also provides a large community with a healthy enterprise."
Isn't that so fascinating? It kinda puts those little soap sleeves in a whole different light!