There’s not a whole lot you can do with your leftover wrapping paper after you’ve excitedly ripped your way through to your gift. No matter how beautiful it started out, we all know that in the end the scraps have a one way ticket straight to the curb—except if it’s Eden’s Paper. Then, it would have a much greener destination: the soil in your garden. That’s right, this wrapping paper is 100% plantable!
This Kickstarter project takes eco-friendly gift wrap to a whole new level: not only is the wrapping paper made from recycled paper and printed with vegetable-based dye, but it’s also totally prepped to be planted. How? The paper acts as packet filled with plant seeds, which are embedded on the back side in seven layers of biodegradable tissue paper. Look closely—see those seeds?
The layers don’t use glue or anything else harmful to the soil, but they’re securely packaged, meaning they won’t burst out of the paper if your little nephew is tearing through it to see what Santa got him.
While Eden’s Paper might not make it on to our list of the most beautiful wrapping paper ever (it doesn’t particularly scream holiday gift wrap, does it?), its illustrations serve a purpose: each show what type of seeds the paper holds. Currently there are five prototypes available of vegetables that you’d typically find in a backyard garden—carrots, broccoli, onions, tomatoes, and chilli, so chances are the paper scraps would actually get put to their intended use.
More lively options like herbs and flowers are in the works, but are reliant on the company reaching its current Kickstarter goal (and if it reaches its goal, the paper could get to your door before Christmas—bonus!). If you can get past the straightforward designs, the wrapping paper seems like a no brainer for anyone eco-conscious or born with a green thumb. Plus, it would be so fun to present your gift-giver with a bunch of freshly grown carrots in the spring! Who knew wrapping paper would be the gift that kept on giving?
Would you back Eden’s Paper? Do you take an eco-friendly approach to the holidays? What are some other green holiday products we should know about? Tell us in the comments below!