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Everything we offer is available on the website. We do not offer a paper catalog.  We do understand this is a change in the old way seed companies have operated in the past.

One of the biggest reasons we don't produce a paper catalog is current seed availability.  A live/real-time website allows us to keep availability on our rare seed current. No substitutions, no refund check in your order instead of the seed you wanted.   You actually get what you order.  Plus, we don't have to hire a person to issue daily refunds.  This savings allows us to better serve you in other ways. 

The website also allows us to build a huge database of information for our customers with many photos. No other seed company for instance offers historical references and documents on the origins of heirloom seeds. We could not do this in a paper catalog.

More importantlytly, we are committed to being a sustainable green company. This means reducing our carbon footprint. Yearly many seed companies kill as many as 2,200 trees or more to print their paper catalog. We are committed to greening the planet. These choices saves thousands of trees and the precious ecosystems they support.

We are aware that a few people still have slow internet connections. We have tried to design the site to load quickly. If you have a slow connection at home, remember there are community computers at local libraries and most internet cafes.

We are on the cutting edge of a society that is only now learning to change how it uses its limited resources. Sustainability is more than a name to us. At Sustainable Seed Co. we are proud to be a leader in this new movement.

It is our hope that this doesn't greatly inconvenience you and that you will still choose to do business with us.


The Facts About Catalogs

Catalog retailers send out 20 billion catalogs a year, and almost none of the paper contains any recycled content. Instead, over 8 million tons of trees a year go into catalogs alone—which means 8 million tons of trees are going from forests to the landfill, with a short appearance as junk mail in between. What does that mean?

1 ton of virgin printing paper for catalogs uses 24 trees. Now take the number above of 8 million tons used a year and you get 192,000,000 trees that are killed every year so you can thumb through a catalog!! That is roughly 640,000 acres of trees and forest ecosystems destroyed for JUST catalogs. How in good conscious could you or anyone participate in this behavior?

To put that into perspective, that is almost the entire state of Rhode Island being cut down every year for catalogs. These are not just trees, but entire ecosystems of living beings that are destroyed for catalogs. Our mission is to green the planet, not de-green it. We will not be a part of this irresponsible behavior. Yes, we might lose some customers to this policy, but someone has to take the first step in making a change. We are NOT driven by the dollar but by our consciousness and the knowledge that human beings can do better in the world.

Our company vows to leave the smallest footprint possible on this planet as possible. In fact we hope to green more than we take. We are after all a seed company!

In fact most of the book publishers we buy from are a part of the Green Press Initiative. The goal of the Green Press Initiative is to help those in the book and newspaper industries better understand their impacts on endangered forests, indigenous communities, and the Earth's climate. GPI also works with those in the industry to implement solutions, and to provide the tools and resources necessary to support industry transformation.

Comments on Request a Catalog

Patricia 01-23-2013 12:06 PM
I order my stuff online, but I like looking at a catalog so I can go through and select what I would like then go to the wedsite and order. I work nights so it's just easier to look at catalogs then order.
Eileen 12-28-2012 12:35 PM
While I love the idea of being no waste, and get it, when I shop online I only find what I'm looking for, catalogs are full of suggestions and things I might not know are out there... Gladly would pay for it, even if you had an overall book of things you might carry...like a 'Bible', and still have all ordering online? Someway to 'research' without the limitations of clicking on the right links...?
Barbara Grinter 12-02-2012 06:57 PM
I'd like to have the downloadable pdf format.
Tish 10-23-2012 12:15 PM
I would be happy to pay for a 100% post-consumer recycled catalog to take along with me where it's just not convenient to whip out my laptop. In addition to the nice feel of the catalog, there is also the satisfaction of supporting the sustainable paper recyclers who need a market for their products - good use for the paper that gets tossed into the recycle bin!
Jeol 07-02-2012 11:36 AM
Personally I think it's a great idea to have it on-line. The more green the better. Thanks Joel

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