Planting Books, Boxes, and Paper: Grow-able Packaging Goes Mainstream

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Suddenly everyone is doing it: turning "paper" packaging into something plant-able and grow-able. Be it book covers, boxes, or wrapping paper, now you can have both: a nice wrapping and a good end to it.

First off, summer reading: novelist James Kaelan's first novel, We're Getting On, has a cover made of birch seed paper -- so when you've finished reading it you can pass it on to a friend OR you can plant it. Calling it a zero emission book, the pages are made out of recycled paper and his book promotion will be carried out by bicycle.

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The author, who looks like quite a hunk, is doing his book tour on a bicycle because he recognises that it is difficult to be carbon free in the manufacturing of the book, no matter how hard one tries. So he wants to make the promotional part as emission free as he can. He will be staying at organic farms and eating vegan power bars. He will be travelling from Los Angeles to Vancouver. Calling it the Zero Emissions tour, he will be visiting 22 towns, biking 1900 miles in 40 days.

So having bought it and read it, do you keep the book on your shelf or plant it in your garden? The author thinks that "makes for a nice commentary on materialism. What's more important? The contents of the book or the physical book itself?"

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Image from Little Kay Garden's Wrap

Should you decide to give it to a friend, you can wrap it in Little Kay Garden's Gift Wrap. This wrapping paper is made from 100% recycled paper and is pre-seeded with hundreds of wildflowers. So you can plant the wrapping paper and delight in flowers for a long time to come. And what lovely wild flowers they could be: Corn Poppies, Red Coreopsis, Plain Coreopsis, Black-eyed Susans, and Baby Snapdragons. No more ratty looking wrapping paper stuffed in drawers to be used...when? Instead, in just a few weeks little plants start popping up.

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Image from the Life Box

Or if you want a box, then Paul Stamets, a mycologist, has invented 'The Life Box', a cardboard packaging box full of a mixture of spores and seeds that can be planted to grow into trees. Just tear up the box, plant it in the ground, water it normally and wait to see the plants flourishing from it. The Life Box is made of recycled paper fiber which has up to a hundred tree seeds inserted in it. So far approximately 4,716,164 tree seeds have been placed into the boxes.

Each box has its own unique mix which is marked on the box so you can determine which seed species are included in yours.

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RIP World Cup 2010. For those who can't give it up yet, create your own mini living football league at the flick of a finger. Sow the enclosed seeds and add water to create your own mini pitch. In a few days your Carden will start to grow and will keep for 2 - 3 weeks.

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