Earth Day 2019

seeded paper globes in outstretched hand

Seeded paper globe image

Soon  Earth Day will be here again. I’m excited to share a fun product that you could hand out to friends in celebration of this important day. Wee seeded paper globes that will sprout wildflowers if tended well and kept moist.

seeded paper globes in outstretched hand

He’s got the whole world in his hands.

We have two inch circles and tinier 1.5″ circles. Above is an image of the owner’s hand holding the tiny kind. Keep in mind, he is tall and they are massive!

white circle with text

We can print on the back side of these circles so if you have a special message you want to share with friends and family, we can do that. The printing should not negatively affect the ability of the seeds to germinate. The most important thing is to water it every day during the first month or so.

seeded paper globe shapes

However you choose to celebrate Earth Day 2019, please keep faith that our planet is worth fighting for. Scientists have agreed that humans can’t operate on auto-pilot like most of our time here.  Consequences of our actions are becoming evident, both for good and bad. So let’s plant some seeds, reduce our use of electricity and water and cause good results to blossom next season in the form of wildflowers. Of The Earth believes Earth Day is important and we hope you do too.

Earth Day Kits

We are excited to announce our involvement in a fantastic new project! A few months ago PlanToys asked if we would be interested in collaborating with them on a new product in development for Earth Day. A long-time fan of their toys, we were eager to partner with them on their Earth Kit campaign!

Every year, PlanToys holds a national contest for the best Earth Day Window Display at its participating retailers. Stores in over 30 states submit display entries, with a grand prize winner receiving $500 worth of Plan Toys merchandise and two runner up winners receiving $300 in merchandise.

This year however, PlanToys has partnered with Eco-Kids USA, Of The Earth LLC and Action Print Center Inc., to create the best Earth Day kit yet!  From Missouri to North Carolina, retailers embraced the importance of sustainability and eco-mindedness with colorful window displays, games and fun activities for the whole family.

For this year’s contest, participating stores will receive a PlanToys® Earth Day kit for their customers that will include a sheet of seed paper with a choice of 4 different designs to choose from and color, a multi-colored eco-crayon, a souvenir pencil made of rubber wood, and a fact card about Earth Day, neatly packed in a PlanToys® folder.  Once the child colors the picture printed on the seed paper with the eco-crayon they can then take it home, and with a the help and supervision of their parent, plant the colored seed paper and watch it grow!  We hope that this can be a fun and exciting activity kids can do with their parents and instill a deeper appreciation for the earth.

Today is the one month mark from Earth Day and a fitting time to share the video launching this unique and innovative educational campaign.  Spread the word, share with your community, and most importantly: educate your children on the importance Earth Day!




Eco-wedding ideas – originally posted in 2004, still relevant today.

Several years ago we collected our thoughts and suggestions on ways to tread a little softer with your wedding planning.  Collected here are some of those thoughts.  I hope you find them helpful.

Rings & Jewelry:
Find out where your diamonds and other gems and materials originally came from. Make sure they come from socially and environmentally responsible dealers. Work with a company like GreenKarat (, who can ensure you that you are buying responsibly.


Minimizing the environmental impact of the materials used in your wedding is important.  For favors, consider selecting a favor that will actually be used to help heal the planet.  Saplings of native trees may be inexpensively purchased from The Arbor Day Foundation (, and can be planted by the wedding guests at their own homes or in a public place.  Seed packets or bulbs may also be dispersed or planted to better the local ecology, whether in a garden or a vacant lot or alongside roadways.

A creative way to distribute seed (using minimal packaging) is when it is embedded in handmade paper.  You may even choose to combine ideas, and use your seed embedded paper as placemats, programs, or for other messages for your guests.



Flowers are a common centerpiece idea, and come in a variety of forms.  Consider using potted plants instead of cut flowers.  These can then be given to your guests or planted to commemorate the wedding.  If using cut flowers, get them from local growers, and look for organic and sustainable growers.  Stay away from true wildflowers, using only wildflowers that have been cultivated.  You (or a friend with garden space) might even be able to grow your own cut flowers, with a little planning.  After the wedding, the flowers (cut or potted) would be much appreciated at a local nursing home, hospital, or other institutional setting.

Candles make excellent centerpieces, but consider the materials used.   They can often use petro-chemicals and other polluting, non-renewable resources.  Soy based or beeswax candles might make a good alternative to your typical candle.  You may even put custom labels on the holders for a personalized effect.  Soy candles are a highly renewable resource (soy!), burn cleaner than typical candles, are bio-degradable and are versatile.  Barn Loft Soy Candles provide wholesale prices on soy candles.  They can be accessed at   A variety of all natural beeswax candles may be found at  Don’t forget to shop around and see if there is a local seller with whom you could work to cut down on fuel usage in shipping.

Bamboo is an attractive and renewable alternative to many of the materials commonly used for favors (such as wood or plastic based candle holders.  If you are interested in using candles for favors or as centerpieces, consider bamboo.  For the symbolically inclined, an additional benefit to using bamboo is that it symbolizes good fortune.  Living bamboo shoots are also an alternative to cut flowers as centerpieces or even favors.

Wedding Flowers:
If you wish to use real flowers, make sure you use sustainable varieties (e.g.: stay away from wildflowers unless they were cultivated, try to find flowers that come from draught resistant plants, etc.), use locally grown flowers, and buy from organic, sustainable growers.  You might even be able to grow your own cutting flowers if you have the space, plan well (make sure you consider rate of growth, flowering time, etc.) and have a back up plan in case your harvest doesn’t meet expectations.  Alternatives to real flowers are available as well, but use safe, sustainable materials.  Silk is preferable to plastic and has improved aesthetically over the years.  Silk is a natural and renewable resource, and lasts a long time, so not only will not fade on a hot, sunny day, but can be used to decorate well after the celebration is over.


Wedding Attire:

Vintage and consignment dresses will not only cut down on new material use, but will likely be much more affordable, as well.  In fact, the money you save by not buying a new dress, might be able to be used somewhere else in the wedding to be more environmentally sensitive.  If you do choose to buy a new dress, buy it or have it made with organic material that hasn’t been treated with harsh and dangerous chemicals.  Choose wedding party dresses that can be reused at later dates.  Some styles are conducive to shortening for later, less formal use.  Your wedding party will appreciate this consideration, and will probably feel more comfortable in the dress as well.  Consider choosing your own dress with reuse in mind as well.  If you won’t be reusing it later for another event, maybe it can be made with the ability to take it in or let it out for reuse by someone else at a later date.



Find out where your diamonds and other jewels and materials originally came from.  Make sure they come from socially and environmentally responsible dealers.  Look into buying a cultured diamond, rather than one developed exclusively in nature.  Read about cultured diamonds in Chaim Even-Zohar’s March 2004 article “Cultured Diamonds are Here to Stay” at (

 Honeymoon ideas:

When considering potential honeymoon destinations, there is a lot to consider.  How to get there is one consideration.  Keep in mind, there are a variety of options available for getting to and from your destination, and each option has its benefits and drawbacks.  Driving has its place, but if going very far, will use unnecessary resources.  Flying will consume fewer relative resources than driving, but is not your only alternative.  The train can be a very romantic and relaxing way to see the sights together in a unique way, while taking advantage of the benefits of mass transit (  If you live near a waterway, you might even be able to enjoy a ferry ride to a romantic, out of the way destination.

Where you go and what you do on your honeymoon can be as varied as how you get there.  If you want to give back and volunteer your time and skills to a cause, there are many options available for you.

Habitat for Humanity offers 7-14 day adventures of volunteering around the United States and internationally.  Habitat for Humanity brings volunteers together with people in need to build houses.  Habitat homes are built at the lowest cost possible, and with energy efficiency and other environmental concerns as priorities. Go to to find out more about opportunities and itineraries.

For the animal lover, consider volunteering for a week or two at Best Friends Animal Sanctuary in Utah (  Best Friends is a common vacation destination for those who want to help out with animals in need, as they welcome people to spend vacation time on site.  Volunteers spend time with the resident animals, helping feed, clean and exercise them.  There are many options for places to stay while helping out, including cottages close to the sanctuary, limiting your travel distance.  While you’re there, you’ll want to take time to explore and appreciate the beautiful natural wonders of Angel Canyon.

These are just a couple ideas for unique, environmentally sensitive “working” vacations that are not just fit for a honeymoon, but for your life together after the wedding.  If a working honeymoon is not for you, but it is important for you to be sensitive to environmental issues when you travel, consider eco-tourism as an approach to your travel.

The eco-tourism concept has developed quite a bit in the past couple decades.  Eco-tourism is not limited to wild, out of the way places anymore.  According to the Global Development Research Center, eco-tourism is a way of looking at “planning, management and development of sustainable tourism products and activities” (  By going the eco-tourism route, you can help ensure that your presence does not adversely impact the culture and eco-system of your destination.

Do it yourself seed paper invitations for just $1.00!

DIY Kit closeup - Plantable paper
Aspen print at home seed paper invitation kit
Print at home invitation kit
Natural seed paper diy kit
Natural 6×9 seed paper invitation kit

We just added new photos of our latest product to help in this economic recovery. Our seed paper DIY kits are prepared with a cut edge finish to save on the hand tearing labor common to our other invitation styles. We also have included felt finish recycled paper invitation envelopes in place of our more expensive seed paper envelopes. This swap has brought the cost of these invitations down do just $1.00 for a fully do it yourself print at home Eco-friendly marvel. The kits are sold in packs of 25 for $25 and can ship with first class mail to you for about $4. Each invitation is meant to be printed at home using an inkjet or laser machine one piece at a time through the envelope feed mechanism. The envelopes have a great raised texture and pair nicely with the handmade stock. There are five colors to pick from. The colored sheets are all dyed with earth friendly vegetable dyes and are ironically named after trees (as they are entirely tree free).

We make these kits in our Seattle paper studio and ship them worldwide, typically within 24 hours. The paper twine used to hold the pieces together can be swapped out for different colors to create more combinations than we show here:

Our papers contain a blend of wildflower seeds which include varieties that grow in all the growing regions in the US.  Read more at


Seed Paper

Earth Day is April 22. Planning a successful eco‐event just got easier.

Seed paper cards spread good will and generate interest.

On Earth Day 2012 more than 1 billion people worldwide will take action to protect our planet and make a difference in their neighborhood. asks the question “What can you do for Earth Day?” and a small Seattle company has the answer. Earth Day is a global event where everyone can get involved to improve the world we all share. Of The Earth aims to help individuals and businesses create a buzz that drives people to participate with their seed papers. Seed paper is unique paper that is formed by hand with live plant seeds embedded within the sheets. These print safe papers then carry messages of ecoresponsibility which encourage the holder to dig a hole and complete the lifecycle of the message with their own hands. These messages have a greater impact by directly engaging the individual with a task that results in a bouquet of flowers, herbsor even trees. Businesses like ABC, WalMart and Time, Inc. have used Of The Earth papers to promote their events. Earth Day is the right time to spread the seeds and promote neighborhood cleaning events, recycling workshops and tree planting parties. Connecting with people on Facebook or Twitter is a cost effective and earth friendly approach but does not have the same impact as putting seed paper in people’s hands. Seed paper has a remarkable hook that grabs attention as people are less likely to throw away something living. With seed paper invitations people are inspired to participate. The target audience will be able to close the circle of life on environmentally responsible paper use and start a new circle with the plants that will bloom and clean the air as they filter carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. Planting the paper starts the cycle. For seventeen years a small company in Seattle has been focused on doing their part to positively impact the world choosing ethics over profits and putting their treefree seed paper invitations in the hands of their customer’s friends and families worldwide. Coowner Lori Graham said “I had to mail almost 100 invitations for my wedding and just couldn’t bear the idea that the paper was going to waste”. Using this motivation she and her husband created an invitation and (two months after their wedding) business where the hundreds of pieces that each customer mailed spread the message of making responsible choices that touched every generation of their families. Since that humble start; Lori and her husband/business partner Kevin estimate that millions of people have received their message of responsible stewardship. Since 1995 their handmade paper company Of The Earth has been a leader in innovation with an earth focused product line. You can find their seed papers at People have more choices than ever today with invitations that are not only cost effective (especially important in this economy) by being do it yourself, but also close the circle with seed paper cards that sprout when planted. Of The Earth offers handmade seed paper invitations that you can print at home for less than $2 each. See the many invitation kit choices here.  Earth Day 2012 is the right opportunity to follow in the footsteps of Paul Mitchell , Yahoo and The Home Depot by using seed paper to spread the message of growth and change in a sustainable way.