By Jenn (TinyChoices.com) | December 18, 2007
I love the New Year for so many reasons… the biggest of which may just be that, at the stroke of midnight on December 31st, we each have the opportunity to pick up a new datebook (or planner, depending on your preference) and crack the spine open to a fresh snow-white year.
Ok, I’m not really that geeky. But pretty close. This year I was looking forward to the event and bought my 2008 datebook early, and with a little too much excitement. You see, I kind of totally forgot to check for the recycled-content of the paper. Didn’t even think about it. Shocking, I know! The result of this is that I have a whole year ahead of me with the gorgeous little “Moleskine Red Weekly Diary” which I am enamoured of, but on the flip side, I have a whole year ahead of me with a non-recycled content datebook. I will be reminded of this misstep with every appointment I pen. A little green guilt on my head for all of 2008… which can be viewed in one of two ways: either as an omen of the type of year to come (too bleak!) or as a constant reminder of how my tiny choices help make my world happier and greener. I choose the latter.
So, in hopes of helping just one other person from making the same tragic mistake, here are a few links to some greener datebook options:
D*I*Y Planner: “Paper, productivity & passion”
[Free templates available here -- print these on reused office paper and bind with reused paperboard/cardboard, and you've got the greenest datebook around!]
“We are a community of people who see the value of paper as a medium for planning, productivity, creative expression, and exploring ideas. We encourage visitors to share advice and inspiration, and we love to see submissions for templates, kit images and story articles.”
Little Otsu: This lovely Portland, Oregon based shop carries a variety of wonderfully illustrated planners, all of which are “printed in Oakland, CA on 100% post-consumer recycled paper with soy-based inks.”
Blissen: Jill Bliss illustrated The Forest Coral Datebook: “spend a year in the forest and the coral! full color cover, lush green interior pages with 8 repeating original illustrations of all the little details found in the forest and in the tidepools. printed with vegetable-based inks on reincarnation paper [100% recycled, 50% post-consumer waste, and processed chlorine free] and wire-o bound.”
Green Line Paper: “GreenLine Paper Company sells only recycled and tree-free papers because we are environmentalists and we are dedicated to a greener future. In fact, every product represented on this website is environmentally friendly or socially responsible in some manner. Internally we adhere to strict recycling practices and we reduce waste by reusing shipping cartons to process our orders.” Their planners are all comprised of “100% recycled, min 30% post, soy ink.”
At-A-Glance: The great thing about these products is that they’re easily found in paper/office supply shops everywhere, and so are less of a specialty eco-item, thus bringing recycled content goods to the masses. On their website, many of the planners have this information: “Recycled product. Contains paper with at least 30% post-consumer material and may be printed with 100% soy based inks.” C’mon At-A-Glance, you can do better than 30%! And what’s up with the “may be printed with soy inks”? (but, good start!)
niccocjm on Etsy: “My office does not recycle, so in an effort to minimize the waste paper going into the landfill I started making sketchbooks and weekly planners and giving them as gifts. Its a great thoughtful gift for christmas, it will let people know you care about our earth. The books are made from salvaged office paper, and the covers are from salvaged corrugated boxes. They are 4.25″ x 5.5″ When you are done with the book please recycle it. Thanks!!!”
WeMoon: At WeMoon, “you will find the We’Moon datebook, wall calendar and cards to fit your astrological, pagan, women-centered needs… All We’Moon products published on recycled paper with soy-based ink.”
House of Doolittle:
From Treehugger.com: “The company has been making their products from recycled materials since 1990 (and has been around since 1919) by using 100% recycled paper with at least 30% post-consumer fibers as well as soy ink. House of Doolittle donates 5% of their yearly profits to several different environmental organizations, including: Foundation for Global Community and its Earth Before Us Initiative, Genesis Farm which promotes Earth Literacy, and the environmental sustainability programs of the Institute Of Cultural Affairs.”
(The House of Doolittle site seems to be down at the moment; instead you can buy their products here: “Recycled paper, 30% post-consumer fiber/soy inks • Covers are at least 50% recycled materials”)
*Updated to add:* Thanks to Sangu for this amazing addition: The Slingshot:
“If you can, we strongly, STRONGLY urge you to buy your organizers IN PERSON from a local independent bookstore or Infoshop. Your purchases help these excellent projects keep going. Having non-corporate spaces in our communities is essential to freedom. PLEASE don’t buy organizers on-line or by mail order if you live in a community that has a local bookstore, i.e. any big city in the USA or Canada and almost any major college town. Get off your computer, on your bike and out into a bookstore — it will make you happy! Mail order is depressing when you can deal with real, live people! And those people need you and your $6! Click here for a list of bookstores that carry the Organizer, listed by state….
…If you live in a small town or rural area that doesn’t have a local, independent bookstore or Infoshop, following are some good mail order projects that carry the Organizer – we love them too and they’re real people too, just not ones you can chat with and end up kissing later on at a party. (click here)
…Slingshot delivers all mail shipments to the post office by bicycle! We are an all-volunteer collective; no one makes profit on this project and all proceeds go to support the struggle for liberation! This year’s organizer is printed on recycled paper.”
Do ya’ll know of other green datebook options?
[Image by bettybl via Flickr]
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