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ENVIRONMENT: Invitations cards become a gift, too
By PATRICK CALLAN, THE LONDON FREE PRESS
Last Updated: August 6, 2012 6:41pm

They’re the plantable gifts that keep on growing – wedding invitations, greeting cards, place card holders, party favours and confetti.

When planted in soil, watered and given some sun, the seed-infused paper grows into beautiful wildflowers as the paper composts away.

Many eco-friendly citizens in the Forest City have been in the know about plantable paper for some time, but Molson Canadian has caught on to the idea, running a project all summer long across Canada with plantable coasters that grow into black spruce trees.

Yet another example of the green movement making inroads into mainstream consciousness.

Diana Li, owner of the the Wedding Shoppe in London, has been carrying environmentally friendly gifts at her store on York St. for two years.

Li said the biodegradable gifts and favours have been in high demand from customers not just for weddings, but also corporate events, memorials and birthdays.

The favours come in a variety of colours, sizes and shapes, such as hearts, flip-flops, dresses and seashells and can be customized depending on what type of event you are planning.

“They’re a really unique gift, environmentally friendly and quite affordable,” Li said.

Weddingfavours.ca in Ingersoll has carried plantable paper gifts for three years, manager Melanie Harper said.

The items have been a fairly consistent seller but recently more people are catching on to the plantable paper idea as more options are becoming available, she said.

“They have an earthy look that people really like. They’re rustic and look like handmade paper.”

Marney Trotter, owner of the Thank You Co. in London, has carried the plantable gifts since 2002. “It was a novel idea. It was something that people would actually use and plant at home.”

Thank-you cards Trotter uses grow perennial plants that bloom every year, serving as a reminder of the event you attended.

Leaving a lasting imprint and giving a gift to the land were a couple of the ideas behind the Molson Canadian Red Leaf Project.

Two projects took place in London in early June with 425 trees planted by 62 volunteers at Southwest Optimist park.

In its second year, the Red Leaf project has increased ten-fold going from 10 projects and 100,000 trees planted in 2011 to more than 100 park projects and one million coasters hoped to be planted this summer.

By participating in a park project, people also get the chance to get their hands on some exclusive concert tickets.

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HOW IT WORKS

Fill pot two-thirds full with soil
Tear paper into 2.5 cm pieces and plant indoors or outside
Cover with 1 cm of soil
Water to keep paper and seeds moist as needed
Watch plant grow
WHAT THEY SAID

“They’re a really unique gift, environmentally friendly and quite affordable.”

Diana Li, owner of the Wedding Shoppe in London

“They have an earthy look that people really like. They’re rustic and look like handmade paper.”

Melanie Harper, manager, Weddingfavours.ca

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