Part of the Okra Garden Supply mission is to drive sustainability with our product design and supply chain. One way we want to achieve this is to look for ways to reduce waste in our product packaging. We chose butcher paper to wrap and protect many of the Okra Garden Supply products, like Soil Pods and Garden Labels. It turns out that you can quickly turn a square of butcher paper into a small box to use when starting your seeds.
Follow the instructions below to re-use your Soil Pods wrapper and help reduce waste and create a more sustainable gardening experience.
Of course you can also use paper you already have lying around, although it should have some level of water resistance, like butcher paper does, and thin enough to fold. We are using made in the USA pink butcher paper for our packaging.
For this method to work, you need to start with a square of paper. The Soil Pods wrapper is a 5″ x 5″ square, which will fit 2 Soil Pod wafers of soil. For other products, you may need to cut the paper to make sure it is square.
Step 2 – Fold the base
Fold along the diagonal to make a triangle from bottom left to top right. Crease and unfold.
Now do the same along the other diagonal, folding from bottom right to top left. Crease and unfold.
Making sure the diagonal creases line up, fold each corner of the square in to the middle.
Open the paper back up.
Step 3 – Fold the box
You will use the creases made in step 1 to guide your folds.
Fold each corner of the square in to the first perpendicular crease line. Again, make sure the diagonal lines are lined up.
And now we will fold each of the 4 corners in again along the existing crease.
Flip the paper over and rotate so it is oriented as a square in front of you.
Fold the top and bottom halves upward into the middle crease. Crease well and unfold.
With the left and right halves, fold into the middle crease, but do not unfold.
Open the right side flap over the left side.
Fold the top and bottom right corners on the diagonal.
Now bring both flaps over from the left to the right.
And then fold the top and bottom left corners on the diagonal.
Bring only the top flap back over from the right to the left.
And for your final move, you will carefully pry open the paper from the middle, shaping the box with your fingers.