Yes! At checkout, select "Yes" for "Plastic-Free Packaging". When you select this option, we will only use paper or biodegradable packaging materials. Please note that we currently use natural cellophane/rubber packing tape for some shipments.
We always ship using recycled, repurposed, or reused materials. Sometimes these materials are plastic and we encourage everyone to reuse, repurpose, and recycle as well.
Yes! For orders containing 25 greeting cards or more, we offer a 20% bulk discount. To inquire, please contact us for a discount code.
Bulk discounts are not applicable to custom orders.
Looking for wholesale? Scroll to the bottom of this page.
No, we are not able to offer customized cards at this time.
No. We work with another company who produces the paper for us. We do not offer any of our supplies or materials for sale.
Check out our Shipping & Returns page for information on shipping times, local pick-up, and returns.
No. We are no longer accepting requests for custom artwork, illustration, or graphic design services.
No. We are not a printing company, so we do not print cards or other items with designs, artwork, or logos created by others.
No. All of our images are copyrighted to The Bower Studio, Vincent Frano, or Isa Wang. The artwork on our website, cards, and other products cannot be used, altered, or modified in any way for any purpose other than the intended use of the products they are printed on. Unauthorized use of our artwork, designs, or illustrations is theft. Read our full copyright notice here.
Only The Bower Studio and authorized retailers of The Bower Studio are permitted to sell our products. The Bower Studio and our authorized retailers NEVER sell on third-party retail websites such as Amazon, Alibaba, or eBay. Products on these or similar sites that feature our artwork are likely infringing upon our legal copyright.
If you have seen our artwork or designs elsewhere and have reason to believe it is unauthorized, please contact us.
Yes, but please do have your tattoo artist credit us if they choose to share the finished tattoo in their portfolio or on social media.
We also love seeing the finished tattoos! If you share on social media, tag us @thebowerstudio or email us. If you give us permission, we may share the tattoo on our Instagram too!
No. Currently we are not accepting commissions for any artwork or graphic design.
However, many of our team members are artists and may be available for commissions. Check out our bios for links to artist portfolios.
Our plantable greeting cards are printed on 100% post-consumer recycled paper with non-GMO seeds embedded directly into the paper.
Our art prints are printed on sustainably made straw paper, which uses a mixture of recycled content and straw plant fibers (a byproduct of agriculture).
The seeds included in our Wildflower Paper are:
Clarkia - Clarkia unguiculata, Bird’s Eye - Gilia tricolor, Black eyed Susan - Rudbeckia hirta, Snapdragon - Linaria maroccana, Catchfly - Silene areria, and Sweet Alyssum - Lobularia maritima.
The seeds included in our Herb Paper are: Parsley - Petroselinum crispum, Basil - Ocimum basilicum, and Chives - Allium schoenoprasum.
All seeds are non-GMO and approved for planting in the US, Canada, the EU, and the UK.
The topic of invasive species is complicated and continually changing, particularly as climate change and human activity continues to shift ecosystems. The company that makes our paper is careful to ensure that the seeds are approved for planting in most regions. However, every state and country has their own definitions and regulations regarding exotic species. The Bower Studio is not responsible for being aware of all local and regional definitions and regulations.
Although the seed mix contains non-native species, the species included in our plantable cards do not possess invasive growing habits and pose little threat of uncontrolled spreading (in most regions). The seeds are approved by both the United States Department of Agriculture and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency as suitable for planting in the US, Canada, and other regions.
Many garden plants, such as those in our seed cards, are non-natives (including commonly planted vegetables, herbs, and annual flowers like marigolds, apples, roses, or petunias), but they are generally considered safe to plant with little risk to the native environment. You can read more about invasice and non-native plants here.
Furthermore, we sell worldwide and it is simply not possible to have plant species native to all regions, even within a single country. If you are concerned about a particular species in one of our cards, we welcome you to contact us.
Due to USDA and import regulations, we are not currently able to alter the seeds included in the papers we use for our cards.
Yes! The company who makes our paper has tested and approved all the seeds contained in the paper for planting in Canada, the US, EU, UK, and many other countries worldwide.
Our cards cannot be shipped to New Zealand or Australia due to import regulations.
To plant the paper, cover it with 1/8" of soil in full to partial sun and keep moist until the seeds establish. For improved germination time, soak that paper for a few minutes before planting. Sprouts should appear in 4 - 6 days, depending on conditions.
Planting instructions are printed on the back of every card and note card. You can also find instructions here.
Our cards have a shelf life of two years. However, we recommend planting within one year if it was purchased from one of our retailers.
Extend seed viability by storing your card in the fridge! Place the card in a zip seal plastic bag along with a silica gel packet (we reuse them from dry food packages) and store it in the fridge until you’re ready to plant.
Yes. All of our prints are printed with archival chroma-life inks, guaranteed to last at least 100 years. Of course, it is always advised that prints be displayed in a way that protects them from moisture and direct sunlight.
Our card sleeves are made from glassine, a type of waxed paper. The paper is made with FSC certified materials and is printed with soy inks. Glassine can be composted, recycled, reused, or burned.
All of our prints are sealed in protective sleeves made from polylactide acid (PLA). PLA is created from the lactic acid in plants and is certified compostable in municipal facilities only (not approved for backyard composting).
Cards: Yes! Glassine is 100% compostable and can be mixed into your backyard bin or pile. You can also reuse the sleeves to store seeds from your garden.
Prints: No, unfortunately. PLA requires high heat in order to break down completely. Otherwise, it will simply break apart into smaller pieces and won't be fully composted. PLA can be sent to composting facilities which are equipped to process compost at the necessary high temperatures. If you do not have such a facility in your region, some recycling programs will accept PLA. Please check with your local waste management for disposal options.
Yes! We offer our full line of products to retailers with a valid resale permit ID. To learn more, please visit our wholesale page.
No. It is no longer feasible for us to continue taking orders directly. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. This decision was made out of necessity, however, and we hope that you'll understand our need to streamline our wholesale ordering system. To order, please visit our wholesale page.
Yes! We can accept orders from Canada, the UK, and the EU on Faire. The paper we use for our cards is approved for sale in the EU, UK, and North America. To join Faire and order from us, please click here.
In most cases, yes. Only retailers who run their own e-commerce websites (with or without a brick-and-mortar store) may sell our products online.
We DO NOT allow our products to be sold by retailers or resellers on Ebay, Amazon, or other third party e-commerce sites (including social media shopping). Please see our wholesale terms for full details.
No. We are no longer offering exclusivity via Faire. We came to this decision after having multiple retailers contact us who were unable to purchase our products due to another retailer in their same, but very large zip code.
We understand that the lack of exclusivity is an inconvenience for some of our retailers, but we hope you will understand why we have chosen not to continue this offer via Faire.
We welcome all of our retailers to review our retailer map to see which other stores may be carrying our cards in your region.
We are typically able to accommodate orders with a specific delivery date. When placing your order via Faire, choose to schedule your order for a specific ship date.
Please keep in mind that we fill orders in the order that they were received. All orders have a 15- 21 day lead time but we always ship ASAP!
If we receive your order with less than 15 days notice of your delivery date, we cannot guarantee that it will arrive on time. However, we can upgrade your shipping to Priority Express or Overnight upon request. To request shipping upgrades, send us a message via Faire.
No. We receive a high volume of orders and cannot move your order ahead of others. We always recommend placing your order as early as possible, especially for holidays. Orders are filled in the order they are received.