Lotka paper is made from the bark of the Daphne bush which regenerates naturally providing a renewable resource. This paper is acid free and your purchase will benefit the economic enterprise of rural craftspeople in Nepal. The seeded paper on your left can be planted in soil to produce a gift of flowers for the recipient of your correspondence. All lotka papers are 50% recycled content. The packs of 25 printer safe sheets are 20# copy paper weight trimmed for laser or inkjet printing at home.
Seed paper printer pack of 25 - $11.50 ea.
10 Seed paper printer packs of 25 - $10.93 ea. (5% off)
40 Seed paper printer packs of 25 - $9.77 ea. (15% off)
Card weight trimmed seed paper 8.5" x 11"
The paper pictured here is our 50g lotka seeded paper stock (About an 80# paper). You should use care in printing on it. It is not universally printer safe.
Cover weight lotka seed paper - $1.13
Cover weight lotka seed paper - $0.96
These light weight seed embedded printer safe sheets are best for single sided printing. They will accept laser or inkjet printing on most machines. The seeds are so tiny that your equipment is safe from harm. Use these to write a letter to your favorite gardener or to print directions to your special events. Be sure to include a note to let the recipient know the paper will bloom if planted.
This handmade lotka paper is made in the highlands of Nepal by rural craftspeople in an environmentally friendly process with 50% recycled content. The raw material for our paper is the Daphne bush. It is farmed and harvested from 3-4 year old plants that are cut down and stripped of their bark. The bark is used for paper and the stalks are used to heat the villager's homes. The plant is not destroyed when cut down, it regenerates from the root. All of the water used in the paper production is reclaimed and reused. The bark is beaten by hand and boiled to break it down to a pulp, mixed with recycled pulp and paper scrap, and then poured into screens to form sheets of paper. These sheets are then dried in the sun. The whole process is both earth friendly and also provides a large community with a healthy enterprise.
This paper can be recycled, composted, or planted. We have embedded these sheets with a combination of tiny seeds that will grow in North America. The seeds found in our paper include 15 annual species which tolerate partial shade, need 4 hours a day of direct sunlight and grows to about 3'. Seeds include Red Corn Poppy, Corn Poppy, Spurred Snapdragon, Catchfly, English Daisy, Showy Evening Primrose, Gold Yarrow, Roman Chamomile, Tussock Bellflower, Foxglove, Fringed Sagewort, White Yarrow, Red Yarrow, Monkeyflower and Creeping Thyme. If you plant this paper in a pot or in your garden, cover with just 1/8” of soil and keep moist until established.
We are available from 10 am to 6 pm pacific time Monday - Friday.
Our email address - ote '@' custompaper.com
A word about Of The Earth:
Founded in 1995 by Kevin and Lori Graham; two people who shared a passion for each other and a passion for the world around them. Lori had just graduated from the University of Washington with a BA in Fiber Arts and Kevin had just left a career as a commercial fisherman in Alaska (both life changing experiences). In planning their own wedding they discovered they enjoyed working together both in making the necessary arrangements for a party for 135 people and while endeavoring to make their invitations. They still have some of the original invitation pieces (and have been surprised to learn over the years which friends hung onto them as well) which included a self mailing reply card (handmade), folding invitation card (handmade with flowers applied to the paper), a folding direction card with map (there were two versions of this as their friends received an email reply request - in 1995!!) and a handmade envelope sealed with wax. This amounted to more then three hundred individually formed sheets of paper made one at a time in their kitchen, dining, and living room (picture a one bedroom, 770sq. ft. condo). The kitchen blender was never to be the same (thank goodness for wedding gifts). On their honeymoon while recounting everything that lead up their big day, they discussed what they wanted out of life and realized that they had an opportunity to make a difference and a living together. In the majority of responses they received on their reply cards there were handwritten notes commenting on how much the invitations were loved (someday we will put scans of these online). They saw that wedding invitations touch so many people and can have an impact in their choice of words, paper and delivery. Lori and Kevin realized that by creating a business that embraces our environment with earth friendly practices and an earth focused product, they could reach even more people if they helped other couples to send green wedding invitations. In the intervening ten plus years their dream has become a reality with more than 1,000,000 people receiving a card or invitation made on paper created by hand with the earth in mind. Of The Earth is proud to continue offering great earth focused products. We are also proud of our efforts to be a low impact business, to encourage our customers to use less paper (we love single envelope invitations and postcard reply cards), to produce paper with recycled/recovered water and to use every practical measure possible to ensure an environmentally responsible workplace. Thank you for sharing our vision.
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