The countdown to Earth Day is on! On Friday April 22, 2016 the world will celebrate an international day of environmental action. GEEP will be participating in
many events around North America celebrating with individuals, companies and governments on how we can work together to protect our beautiful planet. Follow GEEP via Twitter, Facebook or Instagram to learn more about these upcoming events and how you can participate! Search the hashtag, #GoGreenWithGEEP.
If you do connect with us at one of these events, you might receive one of our “Grow a Better Tomorrow” seed paper packs. We encourage you to get a pot, plant these adorable seed paper shapes and watch the wildflowers grow! It’s a fun activity to do with children, grandchildren, or in your office to brighten up a space with the colours of spring!
Plantable paper is a biodegradable eco-paper that is made with post-consumer materials (no trees harmed for this paper!) and embedded with seeds. 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. It’s easy to plant and grow. We purchased the promotional item from Botanical PaperWorks who are both the manufacturer of plantable paper and the designer and printer of many other plantable paper products.
WATCH A GREAT VIDEO PUT TOGETHER FROM BOTANICAL PAPERWORKS, EXPLAINING HOW TO GROW YOUR FLOWERS:
HERE ARE DIRECTIONS FOR GROWING A BETTER TOMORROW*
- a pot for planting
- some good potting soil
- plantable paper
- a sunny corner
STEP 1 – PREPARE YOUR POT
Fill your pot 2/3 full with good potting soil. Tamp down the soil and add more if necessary. You want the pot to be firmly full, but not packed. The paper can be planted indoors or outside, so you get to choose according to the temperature and conditions at the time of planting (we don’t recommend planting outside if it’s blizzarding or desert-hot!).
STEP 2 – PLANT THE PAPER
Take your plantable paper and cover the soil in the prepared pot with the paper. It’s okay if the paper overlaps. Spread a 1/8 to 1/4 inch layer of soil over the plantable paper pieces and tamp down gently.
STEP 3 – WATER DURING GERMINATION
After planting the paper in your pot, give it a good soak. You want the paper and the soil to be nicely damp but not swimming in water. During the first 10 days, keep the paper moist at all times. The water is necessary for germination.
STEP 4 – CARE AFTER GERMINATION
Once sprouts appear, continue to keep the paper moist but be careful not to over water. Once sturdy plants appear, water as needed. Here’s what the pot looks like after planting a greeting card: *Thanks to Botanical paperworks for these great directions! www.botanicalpaperworks.com