Paper to plant, for those who don't plant fuss but want to contribute to waste reduction. It is an original idea that certainly has its charm and good marketing success, but unlike many other "found" this paper to plant has taken root in Japan, in the field of publishing, and in Italy, in the green Brianza, in stationery sector.
What may seem a foolish and fleeting proposal, if applied consistently, believing it, on a large scale, gives excellent results both in waste reduction and in the environmental education of citizens. The Japanese prove it to us with an example to browse: the first green newspaper which sows news, and also plants and flowers, in second place. Is called The Mainichi Newspapers, and with this ecological innovation it has increased the number of copies sold by not a little. In the face of the newspaper crisis.
Paper to plant: what it is
Before reaching Japan, a brief introduction to tell this Paper to plant. These are sheets of paper, with all the functions and characteristics of "normal" paper, but which can then be buried and watered. Then, in a few days, we will be able to see blossom the first shoots and, depending on the seeds chosen, even small flowers.
To obtain Paper to plant it starts with small pieces of paper to be thrown away and joins them with seeds of your choice, usually small to obtain a smoother and easier to use surface for subsequent printing. Speaking of printing, even the ink is plant-based, it does not pollute and does not damage the paper, thus making the Paper to plant a product that absolutely does not increase waste, even if written, printed and colored. Whether they are good or bad words, buried and watered, will bear good fruit.
Planting paper: the first newspaper
Now is the time to browse our favorite newspaper, made of paper to plant, to read and to make bloom: The Mainichi. Every day it is distributed in 5 million copies and each of them, once the fresh news is given, will give life to a plant.
In addition to the beauty and poetry of being able to see a newspaper page sprout, what is important about this initiative made in Japan it is the strong reduction in the quantity of waste to be disposed of that this entails. Let's imagine what would happen if the main Italian newspapers, together, decided to imitate this newspaper!
Among the first enthusiasts of the Paper to plant, in Japan, it was the pupils and teachers of the schools, which bodes well for a greener future. Many institutes, in fact, have adopted the green newspaper to make children read the news, not only to reduce waste but also to convey not only in words, but in deeds, an important message relating to respect for the environment. Perhaps waiting for textbooks in Paper to plant ...
Once you have purchased the green newspaper, read and reread, we can plant it and water it and after a short time sprouts will be born. Obviously, the ink is also produced using entirely vegetable substances so The Mainichi it is to all intents and purposes a zero impact newspaper. The story of this newspaper of Paper to plant is the protagonist of this interesting video.
Paper to plant in Italy
We are not yet as advanced as the Japanese who daily make use of Paper to plant with their proud green newspaper, but we are not at zero. We too, in Italy, have our own paper producers to plant, in a nice shop in Verano Brianza (MB).
Everyone, from every point of the peninsula, can take a look and buy their wonderful creations made of paper to be planted by accessing the site. Redacia creates, for example, greeting cards, postcards, bookmarks, stationery, wedding invitations and invitations to events all in Paper to plant, which then sprouts, without disappointing.
Depending on the season, we will see different types of herbs and flowers born, once they are planted in the earth their cards "release" seeds which are then ready to sprout and the rest becomes compost. Most of the materials that Redacia uses are natural, ecological, handmade and environmentally friendly, the glues are mainly natural and soluble in water and the inks do not damage the seeds.
Obviously, wanting to get Paper to plant, we do not proceed by cutting trees but using raw material deriving from recycling. For those who want to experience this nice idea, for a gift, for a greeting card full of affection for the recipient, but also for the environment, here are some tips to attach. Better to bury the Paper to plant within a year of purchase, soak it for about 3 hours and then sow it in a moist soil.
DIY planting paper
Even DIY enthusiasts can imitate the Japanese of green newspaper not by becoming editors or journalists but by making the Charter to be planted with their own hands. It can be fun and educational, for both adults and children, as well as useful for the environment.
To create real "paper to plant”Directly to be planted in pots and packaged with greeting cards, postcards or gift tags, we need some paper that we would like to recycle. Break it up - of any type of sheet - in order to fill the blender halfway, pour hot tap water over it to the brim, or almost.
With a gradual but continuous increase in speed, we blend paper and water until we obtain a homogeneous mixture to which we can add the chosen seeds. Attention, do not blend the seeds! Remove everything from the blender and filter it with a sieve, to eliminate the water as best as possible, then spread the mixture on a flannel or felt cloth.
It is necessary to remove as much water as possible, so we press with our fingers on the surface of the paper to plant, dab with a sponge and a towel. The last step is that of the actual drying: we put away the paper to plant, near a fan that acts as a hairdryer, taking care to place weights on the corners so that the sheet does not "curl".
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