A card for the yard (Day 162)…

seed card

I was going to make today’s post about e-cards and how they’re a more environmentally sound alternative to regular greeting cards because no paper is involved. But to be honest, I just can’t do it. I can’t give someone a birthday or Christmas present without a card physically attached.

So instead, I’m just going to make them myself from scrap paper around the house or get one of these nifty cards that have wildflower seeds embedded into them, which you can plant in the garden. Although the one in the photo comes in a plastic sleeve, I’ve seen others that come without any packaging, and I think it’s a nice alternative — instead of sending the message that you’re too lazy and cheap to get a real card, it says that you put some extra thought into it and decided to do something that would give back to the earth rather than take from it.

The only downside to this is that most of these eco-cards don’t come with funny messages written on them, which means I’ll have to give my sense of humour a little pep talk. I think I might have to just steal some lines from the Selfish Kitty guys (my favourite is the “Bool Banch” one).

Photo of a plantable greeting card from this site

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8 Responses to A card for the yard (Day 162)…

  1. Lori V. says:

    I’ve been lazy and cheap about birthdays for years… the way I figure it… what do people do with their birthday cards in 99% of cases? Throw them away. So, unless all they are getting is $$, they don’t typically get a card.

    Christmas, on the other hand, I’m guilty of sending cards or newsletters… I know they have to have cards made of recycled content out there, though, right? Now

  2. Rhett says:

    Amy and I looked at using seed embedded cards for our wedding thank you cards. They’re expensive, but we thought it’d be a nice touch. Every distributor of them, though, was making ones that you couldn’t really write on and they had actual paper inside or they were only part of the card. Have you found cards that you can actually write on? I’d love to start using them.

  3. Janet says:

    You can buy whole shhets of the seed embedded paper, as well as paper embedded with flower petals and such at custompaper.com. There’s a section listed as “Handmade Paper (overstock)” where you can pick up stuff relatively cheaply. I think I remember that it’s mailed in brown paper, also, so the packaging shouldn’t be a problem.

  4. Josh Rachlis says:

    My “media pass” from the Green Living Show was made out of this paper. I planted mine and the one my friend got, in little pots in my apartment. And man, those babies grew! One is now a long beautiful vine with pink flowers. The other is a bushy green thing. VERY cool. Plus, it prevents clutter from building up in one’s home. Who needs piles of old birthday cards filling one’s precious space? Wouldn’t you rather plant it and have a living, breathing, oxygen-giving thing represent the sweet thoughts your friends gave you on your birthday?

  5. Vanessa says:

    Hey, my media pass from the Green Living Show was made of it, too, Josh! And did you notice the cord it was attached to said “I used to be a pop bottle”? Pretty cute…

  6. mandy falgout says:

    Where do you find these cards? I would love to get some and share them with friends. Thanks!

  7. kevin says:

    Hey, thanks for the write up. Just so you know, the plastic sleeve on the card is recyclable and you can order them without.

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