Seed paper: are you familiar with it?

Seed paper: are you familiar with it?

Redaktionen Redaktionen Published on 4/19/2024

Paper is the backbone of our daily operations, and you’d be amazed by the sheer volume we deal with! For us, minimizing waste transcends cost-saving; it’s fundamentally an ethical stance. We’ve long embraced recycled paper in our product lineup, advocating for its use among clients who prioritize eco-friendliness, and beyond.

Today, we’re excited to share insights into a sustainable paper variant that has piqued our interest for quite some time: seed paper.

Understanding Seed Paper: Nature and Production

Seed paper is an eco-conscious, biodegradable material that is remarkable for its ability to grow plants. Crafted from repurposed paper materials infused with seeds, this paper transforms into seedlings when planted, ensuring no trees are harmed, no additional waste is created, and, most importantly, it contributes to generating new life.

Imagine stepping into a studio where seed paper is made and witnessing the transformation process:

  • The journey begins with collecting pre-used paper or cardboard materials.
  • These materials are soaked in water for two days before being broken down into pulp.
  • This pulp is then mixed with water in vats, to which seeds of various plants are added, ranging from flowers like poppies and daisies to herbs and vegetables like basil and arugula.
  • The blend is then spread over a screen and pressed to extract excess water, bonding the fibers to form fresh paper.

(Note: This description outlines one potential method; production techniques can vary, allowing creators to put their unique spin on the final product.)

The Appearance of Seed Paper: Its unique texture, natural color, and seed-embedded surface make each sheet a one-of-a-kind creation, sometimes further enhanced with colorful flower petals.


For someone eager to grow their seed paper, perhaps from a gifted greeting card, the process is straightforward:

  • Soak the paper overnight in water, then shred it (though some papers can be planted directly).
  • Place the shredded paper in a pot, cover lightly with soil, and ensure it receives ample light.
  • Keep the soil moist, especially in the initial days.

Soon, sprouts will emerge, signaling the start of new growth.

Practical Applications of Seed Paper

Utilizing seed paper signals a company’s commitment to environmental sustainability. It’s a versatile medium suitable for a range of products, from invitations and flyers to notebooks and labels. However, we suggest thoughtful consideration before using it for business cards, to avoid reducing valuable contacts to compost!

Printing on seed paper works best with inkjet printing, letterpress, or screen printing techniques, taking care not to damage the seeds with excessive pressure or heat.

Purchasing Seed Paper

Given its specialty nature, here are some sources for acquiring seed paper:

  • Seed paper is available handmade, using cotton scraps with seeds chosen for their germination reliability, in two weights.
  • Botanical Paper Works.offers a broad selection of seed paper products, complete with a planting tutorial.

Simply searching “seed paper” online will reveal a variety of products, from blank sheets to pre-made cards.

Remember, recycled paper remains a viable, sustainable alternative. Should you need guidance on choosing the right recycled paper for your project, we’re here to help.