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Love Grows: The Lifecycle Of Plantable Wedding Invitations

by Nimisha Tewari 18 Nov 2023

The lifecycle of plantable wedding invitations involves several stages, from production to disposal, with an eco-friendly and sustainable approach. Here's an overview of the lifecycle:

  1. Raw Material Selection:

    • The lifecycle begins with the selection of materials. Plantable invitations are typically made from seed paper, a special type of paper embedded with seeds. The paper may be crafted from recycled materials, further enhancing its environmental friendliness.
  2. Paper Production:

    • The chosen raw materials undergo a manufacturing process to create seed paper. During production, seeds are added to the paper pulp. Common seeds include wildflowers, herbs or vegetables, depending on the desired outcome. 
  3. Design and Printing:

    • Once the seed paper is ready, the invitations are designed and printed. Couples can choose from various designs, colors and layouts for their wedding invitations. The printing process should use eco-friendly, water-based inks to maintain sustainability.
  4. Distribution:

    • The invitations are then distributed to guests. As recipients receive the invitations, they are informed about the plantable nature of the paper. Clear instructions on how to plant the paper and nurture the seeds are often included.
  5. Planting Phase:

    • After the wedding event, guests follow the provided instructions to plant the seed paper. This involves planting the paper in soil and watering it regularly. The embedded seeds germinate and grow into plants. 
  6. Germination and Growth:

    • With proper care, the seeds begin to germinate, and small seedlings emerge from the planted paper. The type of plants that grow depends on the seeds embedded in the paper. It could be a mix of wildflowers, herbs or even vegetables.
  7. Blossoming and Blooming:

    • As the plants continue to grow, they blossom and bloom, creating a beautiful display of flowers or greenery. This phase represents the transformation of the wedding invitation into a living, growing entity.
  8. Environmental Contribution:

    • The mature plants contribute to the local environment by attracting pollinators, providing habitat for insects and contributing to overall biodiversity. The environmental impact is positive, aligning with sustainable and regenerative principles.
  9. End of Lifecycle:

    • Eventually, the plants reach the end of their lifecycle. At this point, the remnants can be composted, returning organic matter to the soil. This completes the full circle of the plantable wedding invitation's lifecycle.
  10. Composting and Decomposition:

    • If the plantable paper contains only organic materials, it can be composted at the end of its lifecycle. The composting process breaks down the paper and plant matter, enriching the soil. 
  11. Closing the Loop:

    • The compost created can be used to nurture new plants or gardens, closing the loop in the lifecycle. This cyclical process aligns with principles of sustainability, reducing waste and contributing positively to the environment.

Plantable wedding invitations offer a unique and sustainable way to celebrate love while minimizing environmental impact. The lifecycle emphasizes the interconnectedness of human celebrations and the natural world.

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