Even in this world of digital advancement and paperless everything, paper books are still a big business. People like the feeling and the tradition of paper books, and while digital books are popular, there are still millions of paper pages being produced each year.
In Argentina, where our story takes place, 45 million paper pages are created annually, and those pages come from trees. With deforestation being an issue, Argentine publishing company Pequeno Editor came up with a solution that allows paper to turn back into trees (in a way) and teaches kids a valuable lesson about natural resources.
They simply did what they do best: they published a book.
The book is called Mi Papa Estuvo en la Selva, which translates to My Dad Was in the Jungle.
The book”s pages are made from acid-free paper and embedded with jacaranda tree seeds.
The story is meant to be enjoyed by families and kids.
When readers are done, the book is simply buried in the backyard (or anywhere), and the seeds are left to germinate.
The book, as of now, is not yet on the market. Rather, it”s being used as both a prototype and statement-making art/advertising piece. The book”s biodegradable nature and its seeds are meant to show kids the importance of conservation and responsible resource use. Currently, the existing copies are on display in bookstores around the country to show just how they can be used to grow trees.
A display in a bookstore shows the book germinating and becoming trees once again.
Watch the book”s creation, reading, and return to the earth below:
For practical reasons, a seed-sprouting book might not be a popular choice among consumers — after all, you can”t reread it once you bury it! However, other environmental measures can be taken to cut down on deforestation for printed materials around the world, such as digital options or printing on recycled paper. This book opens up a conversation among adults and kids alike about ways to keep our planet healthier for future generations.