Experimenting with the Bee Good seeded labels

June 01, 2014 0 Comments

A number of our lovely Bee Good customers have mentioned how much they like the packaging we use to ship Internet orders.

Bee Good Internet order packagingWe place the items inside a simple, plain corrugated cardboard pillow pack and secure it with a cotton ribbon with a delightful vintage bee print that can either be reused or passed onto others. The package is then placed in a plastic shipping envelope made from bio-degradable starch. This combination seems to work well and is a good compromise between protecting the contents without going overboard on unnecessary packaging that would otherwise just end up in landfill. 

Bee Good seeded paper labelHowever, the one thing that seems to create a real talking point above all others is our seeded paper labels...These are made from Lokta paper containing various British native wildflower seeds and we were told would survive going through a laser printer and could germinate if planted. So being spring and all, we thought we would put them to the test.  Our kids took some of our off-cuts of paper and various misprinted labels, tore them up and planted them in compost.  The tray was then left in on a south-facing window sill and regularly watered while we eagerly watched and waited...

Nothing happened for the first couple of weeks, but then just as we were going to give up on them as a lost cause we saw a few seedlings tentatively emerge from the compost - Not stunning, but mildly satisfying to know there was something going on. We spoke to a few green-fingered friends who mentioned that many wildflowers do take their time to germinate and grow into mature plants, so we decided to wait and take photos each week as the seedlings developed so that we could identify what was actually emerging.  

      

So far after four weeks we have a few more seedlings, but nothing we can actually identify yet.  We will keep posting updates and see what we get...

I know that a few of our lovely customers have also planted their seeded paper labels, so if you have please get in touch and send us your pictures to compare with our efforts...

 

PS. We also planted some seeded paper in the garden at about the same time, but that was the exact spot chosen by the cat to relieve herself and they have been scattered around so much we are not really sure what's seeded paper, weeds or young plants any more!