New Collaboration with Emilio Frank Design

We are so thrilled to have our Pop Up Pots back in stock, but even more excited to present our latest designs!

We teamed up with Shana Danon from Emilio Frank Design to create this vibrant, colourful artwork especially for our pots.

Shana’s artworks are known for their bold emotive colour and vibrant modernist style, inspired by a passion for Mid Century modernism.

Celebrating form, function and whimsy, they are intended to create happy, positive spaces and evoke joyful memories.

Pop Up Pots can be inserted into an C5 envelope and posted anywhere in the world for the cost of a letter. They can also be planted DIRECTLY into!

Water will drain through the base allowing plants to flourish.

Available to order now, and heading out to gift stores, florists and eco retailers Australia wide.

Sunflower Design Refresh

A long time favourite Gift of Seeds for being bright and cheerful, we decided it was time for Sunflower to get a design refresh!

We are also excited to add Sunflower and Trio of Herbs to our plastic free range.

These varieties no longer include a plastic plant label. The plant labels are now incorporated into the recycled kraft packaging meaning they’re also biodegradable,

The varieties which are now Plastic Free now include:

-Sunflower
-Trio of Herbs
-Poppy
-Sweet Pea
-Kangaroo Paw
-Billy Buttons

With all varieties to follow as stocks run out. For more about our move to Plastic Free, read the blog post below

All seeds are packaged in Australian made recycled envelopes meaning no more plastic zip lock bags (this has been the case for some time now).

Our products are also 100% produced and designed in Australia.

New Poppy & Sweet Pea, Plastic Free!

Introducing our newly refreshed designs for Poppy & Sweet Pea! It was time for a makeover of these varieties which had been in circulation since 2012. Daniella Germain who created the original illustrations with us back in my spare bedroom in Melbourne has added a few beautiful new elements and colours to these popular varieties.

Our Sweet Pea pack no longer says ‘Happy Birthday’ which opens this variety up for any occasion or event.

Poppy & Sweet Pea as well as Kangaroo Paw and Billy Button no longer include a plastic plant label, check out the pics below to see how it all works.

The plant labels are now built into the packaging, with a perforated edge added to the inside, allowing the plant label to be torn away and used in a bio degradable & more sustainable way.

All varieties will move to this plastic free design as our existing stocks run out.

 

We are still Open!

Despite a lot of change in the world at the moment, we are still open, still in stock and still shipping orders as usual from our Maleny studio.

If you’d like to reach out and connect with an old friend, a family member, a colleague or a member of your community then we’d love to help you.

We’ve been writing lots of messages along the lines of ‘hang in there buddy’ which is so nice to see. If you know someone who’s finding isolation quite tough, we can help you send them some cheer and something to do.

Don’t forget that shipping, gift wrapping and personal messages are on us, excluding wholesale orders.

Image credits: Marnie Hawson / Country Style / Bauer Media Pty Limited / bauersyndication.com.au

A Gift of Thanks, On Us

In light of the bushfires, we wanted to do something a little different to give back and make a small difference.

Our Gifts of Seeds are the perfect token of appreciation so we decided to use them for exactly that to make a small difference.

Some of the things people are doing are momentous while others may be just a small gesture that made someone’s day. We don’t mind.

Has anyone done something for you or others that you feel deserves a small token of recognition?

Did someone drop a cooked meal on your doorstep when you were struggling to get through the week? Is your friend leading an amazing fundraising effort? Is someone sewing or knitting wildlife pouches in their limited spare time? Or volunteering fearlessly to help in anyway they can? We’d love to send them a Gift of Seeds, on us!

Go to the ‘Gift of Thanks’ page, fill out the details including your message of thanks and we’ll take care of the rest including the postage.

Please spread the word! While we have 200 up for grabs, we want these to go to people who really deserve them and would love your help in finding those people.

Christmas Delivery Dates

STANDARD DELIVERY WITHIN AUSTRALIA (free shipping)
Order by Tuesday Dec 17 if you are in a metro area.

If you are unsure please check with us, or check Australia Post’s delivery times calculator here.

We are based in Maleny on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland, 4552.

STANDARD DELIVERY TO REMOTE LOCATIONS

At this stage you will need to select Express Post and order by Dec 17.
Express post within Australia is a flat rate of $5.

DELIVERY BY EXPRESS POST

Order by midday AEST on Thursday Dec 18, for areas within the express post network.

If you are unsure please check with us, or check Australia Post’s delivery times calculator here.

We are based in Maleny on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland, 4552.

Standard delivery is FREE within Australia. Express post is a flat rate of $5 no matter how big your order is 🙂

WE ARE CLOSED FROM FRIDAY DECEMBER 20 UNTIL JANUARY 13

Happy Silly Season! Michelle, Jess & team Sow ‘n Sow.

Billy Button Flower Press
Flower Press Billy Button

Sow ‘n Sow in Country Style Magazine

I never thought I’d see myself in a stylish magazine but when one of the feature writers, Samantha van Egmond approached me to do a piece for Country Style Magazine I couldn’t turn down the opportunity.

The photographer Marnie Hawson came to our place in terribly bright & challenging conditions and requested the linens. Bonnie had a tantrum and had to be bribed into the most neutral clothes we had as I hadn’t prepared linens and the fluro pink barbie shirt she wanted to wear was clearly not going to work!

The shade of our avocado and lychee trees were the only place the light was workable on a stinking hot day in October 2018. We’d made the studio all pretty for the occasion which in hindsight was probably a mistake, as Marnie taught me that the best pics are natural, un-staged snaps.

I was shocked when Nick agreed to don a linen shirt and walk with me under our pecan trees for the shoot. Apparently he didn’t think he had a choice!

Seeing the story now makes me feel quite giddy and relieved as it’s beautifully written and sums us and the Sow ‘n Sow story up perfectly. Thank you ever so much Country Style Magazine, Samantha van Egmond and Marnie Hawson for inviting us into your beautiful pages.

Here are some of the photographs which adorned the magazine’s pages. It is lovely to hear from customers who discovered us via these pages, for that I’m so very grateful 🙂

Credits: Marnie Hawson / Country Style / Bauer Media Pty Limited / bauersyndication.com.au

Introducing Pop Up Pots!

A designer, portable plant pot that pops!

Pop Up Pots are something that I have had in mind for many years. It started as an idea to find a way to easily post a pot. One reason our Gifts of Seeds have done well is that they’re a gift that is so easy to post as a letter. I always wondered how I could create a pot that is also able to be posted as a letter to compliment the Gifts of Seeds. I trialled a laser cut flat packed pot at one time but found that it went horribly mouldy when planted with soil, so that idea was binned. Years later I came across an environmentally friendly, flexible material that had me thinking. Surely with a bit of origami and paper science I could create a pot that folds flat but still looks great?

About a million hours of cutting, folding and research followed and eventually a form came together. Then I parked the idea again. With a 6 month old baby on my hips, a 4 year old and a busy little business, the timing just didn’t feel right.

One year later, Daniella our wonderful designer was visiting us in Maleny and she asked me about it, having heard me talk about it before.  She said, ‘I think you should just go for it, I think it is a good idea’. Which was the little push I needed to set about making it happen again.

Dany and I did some brainstorming on the designs that could go on the pot and I set about finalising the shape. Then Dany started doing the watercolour artworks and a little while later we had Pop Up Pots in production!

Designing the packaging was next so I spent what felt like another million hours playing around with cardboard and scissors and researching packaging until I had something I felt would justify the product. Daniella helped with the illustration, layout and hand written fonts as usual, and after many late nights and hours of me trying my hardest to be a graphic designer, I got the design done and off to the printers.

We launched Pop Up Pots at Life Instyle and it was received with a lot of interest and lots of orders taken which was a relief! It has been a while since we’ve launched something completely new to the market so I was quite nervous about it. We are very excited that it is now being shipped out to stockists around the country 🙂

Here is the Press Release we put together, which sums up the product quite nicely so I’m just going to leave this here 🙂

Pop Up Pot is a stylish foldable pot ready for planting. Available in two beautiful watercolour designs, this flat-pack planter assembles with a quick pop and a push.

Designed for direct planting or as a pot plant sleeve, this is an exciting addition to the plant lover’s wish list. Pop Up Pot is designed and made in Australia from 100% recycled and carbon neutral polypropylene.

Pop Up Pots feature landscape watercolours by Melbourne artist Daniella Germain. One artwork is inspired by the Glasshouse Mountains, iconic landmarks of Sow ’n Sow’s Maleny-based operations. The second design is inspired by the Victorian coastal landscape, home of the artist. 

Sow ‘n Sow’s foundations are firmly rooted in eco friendly, waste-free gifts for garden and plant lovers. The brand’s founder and Creative Director, Michelle Brady says her own burgeoning indoor plant collection was lacking affordable pots to house them. 

“I love my indoor plants but I was finding it hard to find stylish and affordable pots to house them in. When I discovered the recycled polypropylene sheet I spent many hours playing with origami to create a pot that folds flat as well as being a design element in my home”. 

With online shopping growing year on year, Sow ’n Sow also saw the opportunity to create a product which is simple and cost effective to ship. Pop Up Pots can be inserted into an C5 envelope and posted anywhere in the world for the cost of a letter. 

Pop Up Pots will be available from early August online and in boutique gift shops, florists and eco retailers Australia wide with an RRP of $16. Not only are these flat-pack pots a stylish and affordable gift or addition to any home, they are perfect for under $20 Christmas gifts. 

AT A POP:

Innovative: A folded pot that assembles instantly. Plant directly or use as a pot sleeve

Ethical: 100% designed and made in Australia

Eco: Made from 100% recycled, waste material

Original: Features original watercolour artworks by artist Daniella Germain

Affordable: $16 per piece, posts in a C5 envelope as a letter

Reducing Plastic One Seed Pack at a time

When I started Sow ‘n Sow 9 years ago, being an eco friendly business was at the forefront of my vision. I wanted to produce products in Australia with a low carbon footprint, using recycled materials where possible. Our Gifts of Seeds are printed in Australia on 100% post consumer waste recycled card and we produce everything within Australia. But more recently there has been something that I knew we could do better with.

Back when we started, we used paper envelopes to package our seeds within our Gift of Seeds packaging. They actually came from China, and the quality was less than impressive. The seeds literally slid out through the cracks in the folds of the envelopes! For fine seed like Poppy this was especially problematic, so we switched to little plastic zip lock baggies for poppy seed. With on-going issues with the paper envelopes, we ended up deciding to switch all of our seed types to the little zip lock baggies. I liked how the seed was visible, and also that the package was water proof and re-sealable so you didn’t have to use the seed all in one go.  But this has had me increasingly feeling uneasy. Especially with the plastic bag bans across many of Australia’s states and territories, it seems that everyone is now focused on reducing waste and reducing the use of single use plastics which is so awesome! So those little zip lock baggies were really starting to weigh me down. It was time to switch, but the decision on what to switch to wasn’t an easy one.

We looked at heaps of different options, including getting a machine to package our seeds with. We might still do this down the track, but I wasn’t satisfied with the eco credentials of the packaging available for the machines, and the outlay was going to be significant.

In the end we decided to go back to the paper envelopes, but this time we’re having them produced locally in Australia by a family run envelope manufacturer. This factory is literally located behind the business owners home, and they make beautiful, high quality envelopes. The cost? It is literally 10 times more than we were paying for the plastic zip lock bags. But it’s a cost that we are willing to wear in a bid to be more eco friendly.

All of our seeds are now packaged in a lovely white recycled paper envelope. 

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