Resources necessary for people to survive are limited, but consumption is continuously increasing. Pollution is a by-product of goods production and consumption. Thus, interest in environmentally friendly ideas has increased and companies are scrambling to produce goods using environmentally friendly materials. This study, taking an eco-design viewpoint, proposes a seed packaging that uses recycled paper egg cartons made from environmentally friendly materials.

Seed packages currently sold in Korea are sold in simple paper bags. This research proposes seed packages made from reused paper egg cartons that are produced from biodegradable materials that intend educational value . The biodegradable material mentioned here refers to plastic that ultimately decomposes into water and carbon dioxide by microorganisms in the soil or water. Because products made from this material decompose naturally, it is suitable in making this environmentally friendly package. First, lettuce, tomato and other plant seeds that can sprout easily even in a space used to store eggs are selected. Each space is filled with soil used for organic farming and the selected seeds are planted. When the seeds grow to a certain size, the user can cut out each space and move it to his/her vegetable garden or yard, and plant them there. Here, organic farming means not using pesticides, herbicides, fertilizers, animal feed, and other synthetic chemicals but using natural organic matter and minerals, and microorganisms to farm. Vegetables grown in this sort of environment are categorized as environmentally friendly agricultural products. Selected and inspected by specialized certification agencies, these vegetables are certified by the government and their safety is guaranteed. Moreover, as a method to increase consumers’ interests, researchers designed the seed package brand themselves. The name on the seed package was derived from a researcher’s name (Chinese character meaning “fruit grows”), and the brand identity (BI) was a symbol expressing sunlight, water, and soil, which are necessary for seeds to grow. To highlight the environmentally friendly element of the design value and reduce reckless ink use, only bluish-green degree-1 color—symbolizing nature—was used in making the product.

This research aims to share the ideas of saving resources and preserving the environment with users through the reuse of the environmentally friendly packaging. It is significant in that it derives an environmentally friendly design model that has an educational purpose using the process of seeds sprouting from organic soil.