Emily Pilloton

NEW SEEDED DUTCH STAMPS bloom into living plants!

by , 06/04/07

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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.

+ TNT Post

Related Designs:
+ Sprouting Business Card
+ Botanical Business Card

Thanks to a commenter from the Growing Business Card post for the tip and Dutch translation!

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14 Comments

  1. Andrea Pullan March 12, 2008 at 11:10 am

    Where can you purchase the seed stamps?

  2. Lesley Cox August 30, 2007 at 7:17 pm

    A really stupid idea and many countries (including mine, New Zealand) would destroy such mail entering the country.

  3. David August 1, 2007 at 11:47 am

    i bet licking the back of the stamp doubles as watering the seeds

  4. Alicia June 12, 2007 at 12:21 am

    Fantastic idea! Lol, Stina.

  5. Clarence Hagmeier June 12, 2007 at 12:16 am

    Looks like such a marvy idea, who can argue with flowers? and if they’re strictly for
    dutch consumption the invasive exotic issue is null and void. BUT the little plastic throw away piece probably does enough harm to nullify all the warm and fuzzies folks get from the flowers. A recent issue of “Harpers”, sorry I forget which one, had an extensive article about plastics in the oceans, and all plastics that aren’t carefully placed in landfills eventually find their way to the oceans. People can buy packets of seeds if they want to plant flowers.

  6. ekeim June 11, 2007 at 10:24 pm

    not to worry about invasive species : i live in the netherlands so i know these stamps are only meant for inland postal deliveries.
    so sorry, rest of the big wide world !

  7. stina June 9, 2007 at 10:51 am

    This won’t last long guys, sorry to say. Once the drug marketeers start mailing weed seeds, this will stop. Get in while you can!

  8. Tom R. Trevathan June 8, 2007 at 9:06 pm

    Wonderful idea.

  9. ch June 8, 2007 at 6:57 pm

    Whoah, I bet this would really freak out Homeland Security!

  10. Amy Bauman June 8, 2007 at 5:11 pm

    Now that’s an invasive species I can get behind!

  11. Lynn June 8, 2007 at 4:32 pm

    How bloomin’ lovely!

  12. Pamela June 7, 2007 at 1:55 pm

    I live in Holland, so will check my local post office tomorrow for these beautiful stamps! What a wonderful idea.

  13. Harry Martinian June 7, 2007 at 5:59 am

    I wonder if the seeds would not get crushed when letters are canceled my the postal machines?

  14. Jac June 7, 2007 at 2:31 am

    So, no roses in the mail?! :(

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