UK-based design student Ben Huttly came up with an ingenious idea for vegetable labels that is both eco-friendly and beautifully designed: these biodegradable tags are embedded with plant seeds and then laser-cut to create a plantable packaging system. From his website:
Through experimentation and innovation I have developed a form of packaging that is 100 percent biodegradable and recyclable.
If the packaging is discarded it will have a positive effect on the environment due to the seed embedded biodegradable paper. The twine used to secure the product and label is natural cotton and 100 percent biodegradable.
The labels themselves have been produced using a laser cutting machine. This eliminates the use of harmful printing ink, as well as giving the packaging an esthetically pleasing organic look and feel.
I love the sturdy look of Rockwell here, and the cutout letters provide unexpected pockets of negative space in the middle of all that wonderfully thick cream paper.
My one question is– if its designed to rot away, then how well will the packaging survive in the well-hydrated systems that most veggies are transported and stored in? At my local grocery store, the vegetable section is regularly sprayed with a fine mist of water, which would definitely ruin the lovely letters on here. Otherwise, I’d love to get new sets of free seeds with my veggies every time I went shopping. [Via Lovely Package.]