Leave it to the clever Dutch to brighten up your daily trip to the mailbox… with their blooming postage stamps, you can affix some living flora to that thank you note or birthday card! Dutch postal service TNT recently announced the production and sale of the seeded stamps, which were designed by Martin van Vreden, and hold the seeds of a variety of flowers, including petunias.
Despite the photograph, the stamps won’t bloom en route, but rather are embedded in the stamp beneath a thin layer of plastic. The lucky recipient simply peels back the plastic, plants the stamp and seeds, and watches them bloom. We love the fact that the poetic design is issued through such a civic entity, and the concept of delivering something cheery (and natural) through such an everyday object.
Thanks to a commenter from the Growing Business Card post for the tip and Dutch translation!