Announcement Plantable paper is our specialty. We offer a full range of seed papers, each piece personally handmade by us to ensure top quality and freshness.
Plantable paper is our specialty. We offer a full range of seed papers, each piece personally handmade by us to ensure top quality and freshness.
Angel on Sep 29, 2016
I'm a repeat customer. Recipients are always very appreciative of these unique cards. Kind communication from seller. Recommended!!!
LilyLoves on Sep 29, 2016
always more than satisfied with these cards :)
Plantable paper is our specialty.
Thank you for your interest in our handmade plantable paper!
Recycled Ideas is a wife and husband team of two who have been making paper together for nearly 20 years. Our shop was the first shop on Etsy to make plantable paper, and although we are often imitated, we are not truly matched anywhere by our level of craft, devotion to our customers, and ability to meet a deadline. We design and make all of our products in house to ensure top quality.
Freshness is important with plantable paper. We make all of our paper new and fresh to order, all individually by hand. We then cut each piece as needed according to the type of order we receive. Quality is our highest priority, and we take care to make sure each piece is well-made and chock full of high quality seeds and in great colors.
We have the best selection anywhere on Etsy, and discerning customers know we are the top choice for plantable paper. RecycledIdeas' paper has been featured in several wedding publications, including Brides magazine, and we also have experience working with corporate clients including television networks, colleges and universities, hospitals, wineries, and more.
In our former lives, we were both newspaper editors, and there is still never a challenge nor deadline we miss! If you need to receive an order in a hurry, we are genius at rush and custom orders, so if you need something unique and in a hurry, we're your people. We never miss a deadline! Our story is probably a lot less interesting than our product, so please keep reading to learn more about our paper and a little about us.
Our handmade seed paper contains a special mix of premium garden flower seeds. We have carefully chosen the types of seeds for our paper so that they are beautiful, welcome additions to gardens and do not spread wild and take over places they are not welcome. Our unique flower seed blend is a mix of zinnia, cosmos, snapdragons, columbine, poppies, daisies, cornflowers, calendula, dianthus/Sweet Williams, marigolds, and other desirable garden flower seeds.
Cheaper seed paper contains lower quality 'wildflower' type seeds, such as sweet alyssum, that are considered weeds in many places. We are very conscientious about the seeds we use and the level of freshness of our paper. Everything is made new and fresh to order, personally by us. Our premium seed mix contains annuals, for first year color, and also perennials for blooms in the years to follow. We love to garden, to grow, and to create — it is the heart and soul of what we do.
We are also deeply committed to the environment. All of the handmade paper we make is recycled and wherever possible, we use 100% post-consumer waste - office paper, school materials (we get a ton of them), used envelopes, left over craft projects, donated junk paper, etc. Our techniques and materials are chosen to have a minimal environmental impact. We never use GMO seeds or seeds treated with neonicotinoids that are harmful to bees. We love bees and want to see them in our garden and gardens everywhere! We prefer to use recycleable and re-usable packaging as well as re-used packaging and encourage you to keep it moving by re-using and recycling everything in your order.
You can feel good about purchasing environmentally friendly goods from us. Not only are they made with the earth in mind, but your purchases help us to make charitable contributions every year to the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund, the World Wildlife Fund, The Nature Conservancy, and the Jane Goodall Institute. (We have a real affinity for our primate 'cousins', can you tell?) If we could grow baby gorillas, we probably would!
The Recycled Ideas team includes Holly, product designer, photographer, and maker, and also Alasdair, who makes a lot of paper and also handles the shipping. He is a busy man who also serves as RecycledIdeas' CFO and customer service extraordinaire. Rounding out RecycledIdeas' bright-eyed, bushy-tailed team is our daughter who provides inspiration, and our canine helper, Katy, a Newfoundland who is instrumental to our workplace happiness. She would love for you to check out our pet sympathy cards. <3 RecycledIdeas Thanks you! <3
We also operate the recycledideasfavors shop on Etsy to give our customers options for different paper at lower cost, for packaging needs, and other non-seed paper choices.
Holly & Alasdair
Owner, Maker, Designer
We are a husband and wife team working together to create high quality handmade paper. We make each piece personally, and quality of craftsmanship is our highest priority.
To learn more about our plantable paper, visit our independent website where you can see our full line of handcrafted seed paper:
Accepted payment methods
- Accepts Etsy gift cards
A rush order can almost always be accommodated. You are always welcome to upgrade to a faster shipping option at checkout.
* During our November vacation time, we ship a limited number of orders. If you have an event in November or early December, we strongly recommend ordering before Oct. 25 to ensure your order can arrive in time for November and early December events. Thank you!
All US orders ship via USPS Priority - unless otherwise noted in the individual item description.
Please note, VAT/duties/customs charges are NOT included in your purchase price. Your purchase may still incur customs charges, levied by your government and payable to them, not to us. We do not charge it. Items returned for failure to pay VAT are not eligible for refund. It is your responsibility to pay the appropriate tax, where applicable, to your government taxing authority.
Only WA state customers will be charged sales tax.
Refunds and Exchanges
Additional policies and FAQs
- Our plantable paper has a shelf life of 12-18+ months and much longer when stored properly away from heat, humidity, and light. To preserve the paper, keep it dry and out of direct sunlight.
What type of seeds do you use?
- Our seeds are a premium garden flower of both annuals and perennials: Poppies, shasta daisies, calendula, snapdragons, cosmos, zinnia, cornflowers, dianthus/Sweet Williams, columbine, marigolds, lupine, and other garden flower seeds as available. All are relatively easy to sprout from seed and are native to North America. For orders outside the US, we use a slightly different mix of seeds that is appropriate to the area. We do not recommend wildflowers because these are not suitable to plant in all areas and can be too 'weedy' and spread beyond where they are wanted.
Do you create custom items?
- Yes! We have a set up charge for custom shapes. This cost depends on the shape and is generally $40-250. It is in addition to the cost of the item.
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