Frequently Asked Questions
What kind of flowers are embedded in your paper?
The paper is made with a blend of 15 different wildflower seeds especially chosen to imbed themselves in the paper and able withstand the production process. Many of the seeds are so tiny they cannot be seen. Here is a list of the seeds in the paper.
- Red Corn Poppy
- Corn Poppy
- Spurred Snapdragon
- English Daisy
- Showy Evening Primrose
- Gold Yarrow
- Roman Chamomile
- Tussock Bellflower
- Fringed Sagewort
- White Yarrow
- Red Yarrow
- Creeping Thyme
How do I go about planting my card?
- Place paper in a pot, the dirt, or in your garden
- Soil should be firmed down after sowing & the seeds should not be more than 1/8” deep
- Keep moist 4-6 weeks
- Give lots of sunshine
- Have fun watching it sprout!
Are any trees cut down in making your product?
No. Actually, Backward Prints uses tree-free paper! Yeah crazy right?! Here is the story on how the paper is made:
The raw material LOKTA is the skin of the Daphne Bush – a sapling stick of about 5 to 7 feet in height. The best quality Daphne Bush usually grows and exists at an altitude of 6000 to 10000 feet over the highlands of Nepal. Dashain (October) signals the beginning of Lokta collection. It is harvested like the sugar-cane stick by cutting it on the stem, about 5cm (2 inches) above ground level. The plant then naturally starts the regeneration process and begins to grow a new plant. The Lokta stick if not extracted from the forest in its ideal maturity fades, dries up and decays within a couple of months due to heavy rains and high heat. Thus, by harvesting the Lokta stick, neither the forest is destroyed nor is there harm to the environment.
The Lokta skin layer is set apart from the main Lokta stick and the remaining naked stick is dried in the hot sun for a few days and used for fueling the production plant. No part is left to waste. After the collection of it, the Lokta tapes are tied up into small bundles and soaked in water for at least 4 to 5 hours to soften the skin. It is then processed by hand to create a Lokta pulp. Lokta pulp is then poured onto a frame and placed in the sun for drying. The drying time of the paper depends upon its thickness and surface temperature. It takes about 1 to 2 hours in an average Autumn/Winter sun to dry. Paper sheets are then removed from the frames and placed in the factory for storage or further manufacturing in to items such as boxes, cards, envelopes and stationery.
What materials are used when making your cards?
Some cards have dried flowers naturally embedded onto the paper, giving a natural bleed of color. I use water-soluble block printing ink and Forrest Stewardship Council, or FSC, paper for your inserts.
Do you use eco-friendly packaging?
Yes! I use clear bags that protect your cards from getting damaged. They look like plastic, but don’t be fooled, it’s actually PLA, polylactic acid, a starch made from corn and sugar cane!