Ontario-based IICON Creative Strategies (PPAI 531028, Standard-Plus) developed a special gift to be sold at the YW Kitchener-Waterloo thrift store to help support the organization’s services for women and girls.

The IICON team suggested seed paper products to appeal to the store’s main clientele: women ages 25-45 looking for bargains and low price points. The YWKW staff were charmed by the Sprouting Kits – made by Botanical PaperWorks (PPAI 674278, Standard-Base), a woman-owned company in Canada – which included a plantable pot, peat moss and seeds indigenous to the Ontario region, as well as a plantable seed paper wrap label that was to be custom-printed with the organizations’ message and branding.

store display of "In Her Shoes" plantable pot and seeds gift sets

IICON and the program directors asked participants to create drawings inspired by the theme “In Her Shoes” that incorporated a shoe and flowers or herbs from the sprouting kits. One of these colorful designs was selected and imprinted on the seed paper label, along with information about YWKW. The kits were showcased at the store just in time for Mother’s Day, and sales expanded to outdoor markets through early summer.