How eco-friendly are your office or school supplies? If you’re a bit of a fashionista, you might be attached to your perfect notebook or your gorgeous collection of pens … even if you know they’re zero percent recycled.
Eco-friendly stationary isn’t all about dull browns and beiges any more. If you’re picturing rough recycled paper and flimsy envelopes, read on (and feast your eyes on some gorgeous images) for a sampling of today’s amazing range of recycled and repurposed stationary items.
And if you can’t resist getting your hands on some of these, there are links to various online shops at the bottom…
Whether you’re a writer, a student, a to-do list fanatic, or just someone who likes to have a notebook handy, there are plenty of options beyond the standard recycled paper. Paper doesn’t have to be made out of trees, you know… how about lemon, mango or banana paper?
(Just remember – it might look good enough to eat, but that doesn’t necessarily mean it is…)
If your notebook has to have the perfect cover in order to inspire true creativity, then check out the amazing range available at EcoJot.com.
And if you’re feeling brave, you could even try an elephant dung notebook…
Pens and Pencils
All the eco-friendly paper in the world won’t be much good to you unless you’ve got something to write on it with. Ditch those ugly ballpoints, and get a recycled, reusable pen instead:
(Recycled pens image from the Keetsa blog.)
Alternatively, if you like to sketch, draw, mind map or just doodle, how about a set of pencils made from “good wood”?
(Pencils image from Nigel’s Eco Store)
You can even get pencils made from recycled newspaper: these ones come in a recycled paper pot, too.
(Recycled Pencils image from MyEcoStore)
Once you’ve got your hands on a bunch of great-looking, eco-friendly pens and pencils, you won’t want to lose them at the bottom of your bag, or leave them lying around on someone else’s desk.
Treat yourself to one of these gorgeous pencil cases… or get a pencil holder from your desk.
(Recycled Juice Carton Pencil Case image from Doy Bags)
For a grunge, urban look, how about a recycled car tyre? (Recycled Tyre Pencil Case image from Nigel’s Eco Store)
If neither of those suit you, how about a recycled chocolate cookie wrapper pencil case?
If you spend most your your day at your desk, get your hands on a useful desk tidy. Made from recycled wood chip, this cork pencil holder doubles up as a handy place to pin memos.
(Cork Pencil Holder image from Nigel’s Eco Store)
Odds and ends
And in case your stationary cupboard isn’t already bursting at the seams, how about adding in a few extras?
This very groovy looking stapler has a cutting-and-folding action to hold up to three pages together – without all those tiny bits of metal that end up getting thrown away (or which invariably jam). A little gimmicky, perhaps, but wouldn’t it look fab on your desk?
(Eco-Stapler image from Nigel’s Eco Store)
Show off your inner geek by getting your hands on a recycled circuit clipboard. So many computer parts end up in landfill – it’s great to see some being reclaimed!
(Circuit Clipboard image from Hot PCB)
Get Your Hands on These Gorgeous Stationery Items
If you’re drooling over the images above, here are a few stores that sell a selection of different notebooks, pens, pencils, and accessories.
EcoJot – loads of recycled paper notebooks to suit any taste from conservative to flamboyant!
Nigel’s Eco Store – UK and Europe only. Lots of great office and stationery items, plus more.
Etsy – for unique, hand-crafted and utterly gorgeous recycled items, try Etsy.
TerraCycle – some amazing recycled goodies, and you can even get involved by sending in your own trash to be reclaimed. They’ll pay you, too!
GrassRootsStore – for more minimalist but still awesome designs, check out this store.
Have you got any favorite eco-friendly stationery items? What’s going on your Christmas wishlist now you’ve read this list
(Main post image by lilit)