There’s an air of excitement in receiving an unexpected package in your letterbox. The allure of subscription boxes or gifts provide this regular surprise, but often they’re filled with a random selection of products you don’t want or need and are likely to end up in the back of your cupboard, or worse, in landfill. The environmental impact of most subscription boxes is commonly overlooked, but you don’t have to sacrifice the joy of receiving regular surprises in your letterbox, you just have to find a more sustainable option.
Sow ‘n Sow Gift of Seeds Subscription
Unlike other subscription gifts containing heavily packaged plastic products, a Sow ‘n Sow Gift of Seeds subscription is plastic free and biodegradable. Every month for one year the recipient will receive one Gift of Seeds – a cleverly designed greeting card with a packet of seeds to form a gift that grows. Each pack is beautifully illustrated by Melbourne artist Daniella Germain and includes a packet of seeds suitable for Australia’s seasons and sowing times, a tearaway biodegradable plant label, sowing instructions, and an envelope for mailing or gifting purposes.
Over a year the recipient will receive a combination of easy to grow flowers, herbs and vegetables. All seeds are non-hybrid, open pollinated, non GMO varieties sourced from reputable suppliers both within Australia and abroad, and can be grown in the garden or in pots on a balcony or windowsill.
Seeds varieties sent each month:
January – Culinary Flowers
February – Secret Garden (Marigold, Sunflower & Zinnia)
March – Sweet Pea
April – Leafy Greens
May – Forget-me-not
June – Swan River Daisy
July – Poppy
August – Echinacea
September – Chamomile
October – Trio of Herbs (parsley, coriander and basil)
November – Sunflower
December – Australian Christmas Everlasting Daisy
The results of growing flowers not only gives the recipient a bunch of blooms to enjoy but also gives back to the planet. Flowers play a vital role in cleaning up parts of our world. They absorb carbon dioxide and release oxygen, provide nectar and habitats for bees and insects, and some varieties help to cleanse the soil and water of contaminants. For example, studies have discovered that sunflowers are able to absorb radioactive materials and other pollutants from the soil without much harm to the plant. Gardening also has many therapeutic benefits. It can help to alleviate the symptoms of conditions such as depression and anxiety as well as improve physical health and mobility.
Whether you want to surprise a loved one or give back to yourself, subscribing to a planet-friendly Sow ‘n Sow Gift of Seeds Subscription is a gift that will keep giving. Shop subscriptions here.