What if paper was able to grow into a plant? Well, it can! Botanical PaperWorks, founded in 1997 by Heidi Reimer-Epp and Mary Reimer, produces eco-friendly paper products that do just that. When planted, the seed paper (everything from stationery, wedding favours, promotional materials, invitations) grows into wildflowers or a variety of culinary herbs.

The biodegradable eco-paper is made with materials that do not harm trees and embedded with seeds. When the paper is planted in a pot of soil, the seeds grow and the paper composts away leaving no trash only flowers, vegetables or herbs. Botanical PaperWorks has products that contain herbs such as dill, thyme and basil, vegetable seeds such as carrots and lettuce and paper wildflower seeds such as Clarkia, Sweet Alyssum, Snap Dragon and Catchfly (click here for their full line of products).

How does it work? First, you’re going to need the following supplies:

  • a pot to plant
  • potting soil
  • plantable paper (available through Botanical PaperWorks)
  • water
  • corner office with sun (well anything spot with sun!)

Then follow these steps:

Prepare your pot

  • Fill the pot 2/3 full with potting soil, tamp it down and add more if necessary (don’t pack the soil, just make sure it is full).

Plant the paper

  • Tear the plantable paper into small pieces of approximately 2.5cm. Cover the soil with the paper and spread 1.3cm of soil over the pieces and tamp down.

Water during germination

  • Once you’ve planted the paper, soak the paper and the soil to be damp enough (but do not over soak it). Keep the paper moist at all times during the first 10 days.
  • Once sprouts begin to appear, make sure to keep the paper moist. When the more solid plants appears, water as needed. Then begin to enjoy your new plants in your home or garden!

To see some results, visit Botanical PaperWorks’ blog

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