Feel guilty about stuffing all that giftwrapping in the trash? Stuff it in the garden instead, thanks to these examples of growable packaging.

The cover of novelist James Kaelan’s first book, We’re Getting On, is made with birch seed paper, so that when you finish the book, you have the option to return it to the earth from whence it came….Or, if you’re the lending type, you can wrap it in Little Kay Garden’s Gift Wrap, made from recycled paper packed with wildflower seeds. Link

Need to send someone a package? Paul Stamets has your cardboard box.

The resourceful mycologist (that’s a fungi-studier) Paul Stamets has made cardboard packaging that can be planted and will grow into trees. Link

Here’s a gift for the man who has everything, and wants to get rid of it.

This device (video below) shreds your sensitive business documents and turns them into new toilet paper. Link

Then there’s the World Wildlife Fund’s un-printable PDF, which hopes to avoid chopping down trees to begin with.

Digital documents (made out of ones and zeroes) are a lot less wasteful than paper (made out of carbon-eating trees). To minimize unnecessary printing, some people add a reminder at the bottom of emails that says something like “Please consider the environment before printing this.”

But the folks at the World Wildlife Fund have another solution. This week, they released a new file format—WWF, of course—which is, essentially, “a PDF that cannot be printed out.” Drop by Save as WWF, Save a Tree to download software that will add a “Save as WWF” option to your print menu. Any WWFs you create can be opened by programs that open PDFs—but can’t be printed.

Link (via Craig Dietrich)

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