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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 No other seed company, for instance, offers historical references and documents on the origins of heirloom seeds.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 importantly, we are committed to being a sustainable green company. This means reducing our carbon footprint. Many seed companies kill as many as 2,200 trees or more a year to print their paper catalog. We are committed to greening the planet. These choices save 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 material. 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 conscience 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 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 to 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

kenny J 11-16-2016 06:51 AM
I recycle everything...even cooking oil, plastic, metal, engine oil just to name a few...... So what is wrong with making a catalog from recycled paper? I would simply recycle again..... I typically won't buy something I cannot recycle....even my cloths get recycled and sold as rags. Thanks Salvation Army!
Martin H. Slusser 05-04-2016 07:06 AM
If I may, where is the order form? I do not pay by card.

-- Please refer to our FAQ page http://sustainableseedco.com/customer-satisfaction/faq.html and the section on Payment Options. Thanks! ~SSC
David Allen 12-17-2015 10:38 AM
A downloadable PDF would be great for the reasons mentioned by other commenters, with the caution that it cannot reflect stock available. I'd be happy with PDF catalog and naming alternates if out of certain ones with any overages in funds returned in the form of physical CREDIT SLIP slip to be returned and redeemed in next order. This would avoid going through banks and keep the money with SSC and in my case would make me order more as I would have a credit to redeem. The only time you would issue a check is if someone demanded it, otherwise policy is a credit slip. You have wonderful variety. Also the Round Valley location looks like Paradise. Keep up the Great Work!
nancy shinn 12-08-2014 07:51 PM
Thank you for your logical and sane decision not to carry a paper catalog. I have just recently come to the same conclusion. I am more prone to support you now because of that decision and by my seeds exclusively from you. HOwever I need a little more info like is the seed OP than what is online, days to germination, seed depth.
Kimberly J 10-08-2014 08:06 AM
A catalog would be nice. We are moving off grid and I wanted to stock up on catalogs before making the move, since I will no longer have internet. I will chose a company who does have a catalog. Also, not everyone understands the logging industry in the United States. The majority of timber companies operate as farming industries do. Sow, harvest, plant. There really isn't much difference in tree farming or vegetable farming. We as humans are consumers. Trees and plants are producers. But just a note on your footprint. How much plastic is used in the android market or computer marketing tools you have chosen by going online? Also, how much wood, coal, gas, etc is used for the power/electricity needed to access your online catalog uses? Just a thought here.

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