Seeds of Change which sells 100% certified organic seeds has decided to switch to plastic envelopes to store and ship seeds to it's customers. A statement on the company's website states in part:
"When we holistically examined the entire process of manufacturing, transporting, storing and using this type of new plastic packs, we concluded that they had less of an environmental impact than our old paper envelopes, as well as superior performance and better user-friendliness. We are confident that this is the most functional and sustainable seed packaging available, and is consistent with our 20 year old Mission statement. We trust that you will agree."
I personally use plastic resealable bags to store and trade seeds. But other people who have a greater commitment to the environment are expressing their displeasure on gardening forums. On the Craigslist gardening forum a person posting under the handle farmerbee initiated a thread on the decision by Seeds of Change.
"...i'm going to write them and have decided to quit buying their seeds until/unless they make the switch back to a more renewable, biodegradable alternative."
It seems a couple of posters, unaware with the statement on the company's site, figured that they were using plastic made from cornstarch or one that was somehow biodegradable. I called the company to inquire about customer reaction to the change and was referred to a "product specialist" who was not in. But the person I spoke to on the phone told me that he was unaware of any customers commenting on the change whether it was "good or bad."