Seed paper is a type of handmade paper that includes any number of different plant seeds. The seeds themselves can still germinate after the paper making process and they can sprout when the paper is planted in soil.
Papermakers have been producing paper including seeds in the United States since 1941, but international papermakers have practiced seed inclusion in paper for centuries[when?]. Seed paper has traditionally been handmade in smaller batches and is often made-to-order for clients.
Sprouting seed paper has enjoyed a resurgence of popularity in the United States recently.[when?] Seed paper is commonly used for stationery, cards, invitations, and for decorative wraps.
A wide variety of flower, vegetable, and tree seeds can also be used in seed paper for decorative effect. The seeds and flowers in the paper can create decorative effects and colors. Depending on the type of seed and the process used, different colors, thickness, and patterns can be created.
Seed paper is now widely used[weasel words] across the UK and Europe in the consumer market and the events and marketing industry. Brands are becoming aware of the engagement that can be achieved with seed paper while also aligning themselves with an environmentally friendly message.