Two years ago, I received an email from a customer. He wanted to know why our seed paper products didn't grow native species and why we were wasting this opportunity to do good with native seeds. (FYI, Botanical PaperWorks produces seed paper that grows into flowers, herbs and vegetables when you plant the paper)
I didn't know much about native seeds so I called him up on the phone. Jim and I had a long conversation where he talked about the disappearing honey bee, the struggling Monarch butterfly and how native species are key to helping these important insects survive. As I listened, I got inspired. We could use our seed paper to help establish more of these endangered habitats and really make a difference for our planet!
I met with my product development team and gave them a challenge - develop a seed paper for every region in North America. Easier said than done. We embarked on an extensive R&D process to find native seeds that are available in plentiful supply, ones that work with our papermaking process and ones that meet our conservation standards.
We couldn't have done it on our own - to develop the standards, we relied on expertise from Dr Vernon Peters, conservation biologist and professor of biology at Kings University in Edmonton. He helped us select seeds that are wildlife-friendly for the recommended region.
Last month at the PPPC National Convention, we launched our Native Seed Paper Promotional Products line. And now we're producing native seed paper along with our existing wildflower seed blend, and our herb and vegetable papers.
Thank you Jim for challenging Botanical PaperWorks to develop Native Seed Paper. We're partnering together with our customers to spread native species and help our planet.
You can make these Valentine's Day cards eco-friendly by printing them on cardstock that is made with 100% post-consumer materials such as Cascades' Enviro100 or stock marked PC100. So choose your favorites, print and trim, then address and send to your friends and sweetie!
While Canadians celebrate Thanksgiving this weekend, our American friends have Columbus Day this Monday. For those unfamiliar, Columbus Day celebrates the arrival of Christopher Columbus to North America. And in honor of this great feat, we propose a promotion!
Now until midnight on Monday, October 12, save 15% off our floral coil bound eco calendar. This calendar includes plantable paper calendar sheets for every month of the year. Now is a great opportunity to stock up on this item for impromtu Christmas gifts and stocking stuffers. Now if your neighbour shows up unexpected this Christmas with a box of chocolates, you can reciprocate with this eco-friendly calendar gift.
Use coupon code "ColumbusDay" when placing your order to receive this special offer.
On Sunday, September 26, EcoShift, a community-wide initiative brought together by the Jewish Federation of Winnipeg, will be taking place in Winnipeg, Manitoba. The event focuses on expanding knowledge about sustainability and shifting perceptions about everyday lifestyles. It's all about how to live better and greener!
We are honoured to be a sponsor of the event. All the tickets, invitations, and giveaway items were provided by Botanical PaperWorks and printed on our plantable seed paper. Check out the designs EcoShift put together for the event:
Tickets to the event are still available. There will be a number of eco vendors and keynote speaker Dr. David Suzuki will have a prepared lecture. For more information about EcoShift, visit the event website.