Grow a Card

A local company offers the chance to send a thought and save the Earth.

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A local company offers the chance to send a thought and save the Earth.
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The Green Field Paper Company located in Kearny Mesa turns just about everything into paper. Kenny O'Halloran is working with a slurry of paper and water, draining it onto a mold.
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It's a real hands-on operation. Here, O'Halloran is squeezing excess water out of the mold.
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The staff uses junk mail to make the paper or the recycled paper you find in the blue trash bins to make cards. Darren Floyd is sifting the slurry onto a mold in this image.
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They are also using old shirts to make paper. For instance, the shirts worn by the people you see at Petco Park are being turned into paper.
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Here's a closeup of the recycled paper that's been made into a slurry and ready to be formed into recycled paper.
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They're also offering "Grow-A-Note" greeting cards which are created using handmade, plantable seed paper.

Click here for a look at the products available.

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The paper is embedded with wildflower seeds that will sprout from the paper once it is planted in thin soil. It'll also sprout by itself in a plate or bowl if kept moist.
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Easy planting instructions appear on the back of each card, along with the seed content.
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The company, which has been operating in San Diego since 1992, has been featured in articles from the New York Times and TIME to San Diego Home and Garden and US Magazine. Here, O'Halloran is squeezing the final amount of water out of the product. It's an important step to keep the seeds from germinating.
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One of the new Grow-a-Note boxed sets costs $14.95 for a four-pack of cards and envelopes.
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It's amazing to watch Kenny O'Halloran and Darren Floyd turning that swirling mixure of water, paper and fabric into a collection of beautiful paper and greeting cards.
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For more information, call the company at (888) 402-9979.
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Darren draining water from the mold.
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A close up of the excess water being forced out of the paper.
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They have celebrity clientele on their list of customers for Christmas cards including Danny DeVito and Jackson Browne. They've also created custom cards for a number of corporations including PayPal and EBay.
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