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Thanks for the memories  July 26, 2012

Unwrap presents, plant veggies

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Discarded wrapping paper on Christmas morning can get pretty insane. This wrapping paper is embedded with veggie seeds, though, so you can bury it and grow food.

A lot of paper gets wasted in the holiday season. Sure, some of it ends up in the recycling bin; some even gets folded and saved for re-use. But a lot ends up in the bin, too.

A UK company seeking funding on Kickstarter has found a novel way to make wrapping paper re-usable: embedding it with vegetable seeds, similar to plantable greeting cards.

Called Eden's Paper, it's constructed of two layers of recycled paper, with one side printed in vegetable-based ink and seeds sandwiched between the layers in rows. The idea is that you plant each 45x70-centimetre sheet flat, and your vegetables will grow in straight lines. There are five to choose from: broccoli, tomato, carrot, onion and chilli.

It's a little on the pricy side — the £5 reward (AU$8.90) is one sheet of wrapping paper (plus £3 shipping) — which might be a little hard to justify for all your presents; but if you have a friend with a green thumb, it might be a thoughtful way to package a gift.

Head on over to the Kickstarter page to check it out.

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