In a recent article from The Washington Post, it mentions that Botanical PaperWorks is making plantable seed paper. Plantable seed paper is recycled paper that has seeds embedded during the papermaking process.
The article states that "Plantable seed paper is often touted as a sustainable, eco-friendly alternative to many traditional paper products. We take paper waste from local sources, such as envelope cutoffs and discarded business documents, and turn it to pulp, said Heidi Reimer-Epp, co-founder and CEO of Botanical PaperWorks, a Canadian eco-paper business. The company embeds seeds into the paper waste, then forms the concoction into sheets. To ensure that the paper has a high germination rate, the sheets are dried naturally to avoid pressure and heat, which can kill the seeds."
According to Botanical PaperWorks website, it states that "When the paper is planted in a pot of soil, the seeds grow and the paper composts away. All that is left behind is flowers, herbs or vegetables, and no waste."
Botanical PaperWorks offers seed paper for various flowers, herbs and vegetables.
I have heard of paper products used for seed germination, such as using a paper towel to germination corn seeds, and biodegradable peat seed pots. Plantable seed paper seems to follow those similar paths.
Will the use of seed paper grow in popularity? We will have to wait and see.
Helen Roush is Executive Vice President of Paperitalo Publications.