This Eco-Brand Turns Discarded Paper Bags Into Useful Products

From coasters, beads, to plantable seed papers!

PHOTO BY Silent Beads Facebook page

Even though most supermarkets have already banned the usage of plastic bags and some have lessened their plastic packaging, brown paper bags still take a long time to decompose in a landfill. In an effort to save Mother Earth, social enterprise Silent Beads uses paper bags to make plantable seed paper, beads, coasters, and a gardening starter kit! They also recycle these brown paper bags to make plantable paper products like made-to-order business cards and envelopes.

PHOTO BY Silent Beads facebook page

For a minimum of 20 pieces of medium to large-sized brown paper bags you collect, Silent Beads gives you a seed paper embedded with more than 20 seeds you can easily plant in a pot or garden. They offer different types of seeds, from spinach (which is the fastest to sprout), mustard, basil, parsley, and dill seeds. If you want to grow a different herb or flower, just let Silent Beads know what seed you prefer.


If you want to donate your brown paper bags, make sure that all of them are dry (or dried from water spillage), not crumpled, and free of staples and plastic tapes for them to be in the required condition for recycling. Silent Beads is initially accepting brown paper bags, but they will soon accept all kinds of paper product waste.

You can directly send your paper bag donations to Silent Beads' office in Quezon City or at their designated drop-off points in the Metro.

Silent Beads is at B1 L21 Dove Street, Saint Jude Subdivision, Barangay Kaligayahan, Quezon City. For inquiries, follow Silent Beads on Facebook or check the #paperbagmovement hashtag.

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