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.
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.
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|Kerrina St. Germain||
Dear Sustainable Seed Co. ,
I totally get your point about the catalog, and since i'm a browser, reader, and dreamer, I understand the want of a catalog, too. There is an option you could offer...MagCloud will take your pdf and turn it into a print magazine...for a fee to the customer, and you can control that, or the customer can just order it with your pdf (with your permission). I'm not connected to them in any way. I am a potential customer with my own project, and maybe it could provide a solution for this? www.magcloud.com
BTW, I found you on Facebook, and I'm SO glad I did. Love what you do, what you stand for, seeing your posts every day. Thank you!
I respect the stance on paper catalogs, however, it would be nice to have a pdf dowloadable format. I don't always have internet connectivity so having a pdf that is saved would make it easier to look at your products.
I teach Organic Gardening Classes. I would love to have a paper copy to show to my students and to have in my library. There are so many great tips and suggestions that you just don't see clicking the right spots online.
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.
I just recently ordered seeds from you for our school garden in Oakland. The reached us so fast and we are very happy. The kids were especially happy about the free watermelon seeds. Thank you so much. When we need more seeds, we will definately...Ms. Sally
Thanks. The marigold seeds i brought from you last year did very well and there is another fact I wanted to share with you, which is that the Kamut wheat did very well in my poorish soil that i did not fertilize for it!Rose
thank you so much! Pleasure to support you, happy to do so, hope to in the future as well. It was great to read all that info on each seed, and tips on planting, collecting seed, etc. Made it easier to make my seed choices.Kerstin
I ordered a variety of vegetable seeds last spring. I have to tell you that the germination rate was better than any other heirloom seeds I have had before, and the plants thrived! In this climate zone 4 in Minnesota, the weather can do just about...Diane
...i look forward to future orders. your website totally rocks! it is very imformative and there is no comparisons to the other sites i've visited. thanks again for the quick turn around of my order!Bud
Thank you so much for your prompt service. I love what you're doing and hope to become a regular customer!Mary ann
My last order was fantastic! So happy to do business with you again!Julia
I know you are aware of the good will such actions create. You are a jewel and I appreciate you! Actually we have seven acres, about half of which will be under cultivation this summer. Trying to teach folks to eat locally, grow their own crops...Lou
Thanks for your prompt reply. Sue was very helpful and got me through the problem. Excellent job!Jerry
The seeds arrived in Damascus Maryland this morning! Thanks so much for your prompt service and for helping my friend from Dakar Senegal receive them in time to return home on Friday. I am so happy to know of your company!John