Our blog is the place you’ll find all things Willsow. You’ll find information about sustainability, gardening, the environment and what we’ve been getting up to. We’ve got some amazing things coming up in the near future and would love you to be a part of it!
But first… who are we?
An important question to kick things off! We are an award-winning publisher that has created the world’s FIRST plantable children’s book. Willsow Books are based in Leicester, the heart of England. We currently have five books available, which you can read, cut off the seeded cover and plant to meet the main character. The cool thing about us is everything we use – even down to the stitching – is 100% natural or recycled and biodegradable!
It all started when our founder, Tom, discovered you could create business cards out of seed paper. Tom sees potential in all things in life, so he began to think, “What if we could do something more fascinating with this?” As the 4th generation of a 76-year-old family printing company, the lightbulb struck, and Tom got started on making the world’s first plantable children’s book.
But like Batman without Robin, Tom without Jerry, or Carrots without Peas, Tom needed the help of his best friend James! It only took James to see the first draft of the first story, and he was in. James is from a family of gardeners; his fondest childhood memories are plucking blackberries and picking apples with his grandparents to create the world’s most delicious fruit crumble on a Sunday. So together, they were ready to take over the world, one seed at a time!
What makes us different?
Well, good question, lots of things. Not only are we the first plantable children’s book, but we are also sustainable throughout our whole production process. We want to educate children and lead by example — encourage them to put their devices down and get back into the garden to be in touch with nature again.
Our books are made from 100% recycled paper, with vegetable and Eco-UV-based, fully biodegradable inks. They’re stitched with natural cotton. All of the seeds embedded in our plantable book covers are non-GMO (and are tested and approved as such by an external organisation). We also have a top-secret production process that separates us from the rest! We go the extra mile in everything we do; it’s all about building a better future.
You can take a look at how our books are made, below.