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Seeded Paper Solution To Christmas Wrapping Waste

posted 13 Dec 2013, 11:02 by Mpelembe   [ updated 13 Dec 2013, 11:03 ]


IVO - It could be the answer to an annual Christmas problem - the mounds of paper thrown away once the gifts are unwrapped.

Each sheet of Eden's Paper is embossed with 700 vegetable seeds. After it's torn open, the paper can simply be planted in the ground and the seeds, left to grow.

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It's been designed by British creators, Philtone Litho Ltd and marketing firm BEAF, who say they're giving wrapping paper real value by keeping it out of the trash can...although Philtone owner Phil Mercer admits the initial test runs were a challenge.


"You couldn't print on the sheet because the seeds would get you have to physically put a sheet to it after the seeds have been done (added) and that limits what you can do."

The solution was to emboss sheets of organic seeds inside a layer of biodegradable tissue paper.


"These are zipped together like a zip, exactly like a zip. ...on each sheet of paper is 700 seeds, which is a phenomenal amount of seeds. They don't have to use all that sheet in one time. Obviously you can use it in bits or give some of it away, do what they want but the idea is that rather than throw this wrapping paper away, it's got a use and you're gonna get 700 carrots or 700 broccoli."

The sheets come in five types - carrot, tomato, broccoli, chilli, and onion.

They're environmentally friendly, using 100 percent recycled paper and vegetable-based ink, so they won't harm the soil.

BEAF innovations strategist Nik Venios thinks the product could be a Christmas hit.


"It's almost like a gift wrapped in a gift. It appeals to a wide range of consumers, it can go in a lot of different retail stores, and it's a great product both on an educational level and also from a consumer perspective."

The paper is not yet available commercially, although the team says individual sheets can be purchased via the company's website.

Once fully funded, the range will be extended to herb, fruit and wild flower seeds next year. Its creators are confident they've sown the seeds of a fruitful new business.