A Plantable Comic Book That Can Grow Into Herbs and Flowers
It’s no secret that comics as printed periodicals aren’t especially green. Many are printed in China, where environmental standards are lower than the U.S. and Canada, few are printed on recycled paper, and even fewer use soy-based inks. Many people are looking toward digital distribution to cut down on environmental impact and excess storage.
But thanks to the wonder of science, we now have The Gardener and April Showers, two comics you can actually plant in the ground to grow herbs and flowers, respectively, thanks to their seed-infused paper. Available online, and at specialty shops, these are comics that hippies, minimalists, and hipsters can enjoy reading, guilt free, while sipping an organic, fair-trade chai.
Until that day, American comic readers can look to Japan for the latest in green entertainment technology. Koshi Kawachi has already developed a beautiful solution to making serialized sequential art more ecofriendly, calling it Manga Farming.