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There’s something special about keeping a notebook. Your thoughts, drawings and notes are not only organized but are preserved together in one place that you can revisit and reflect on for future inspiration. Of course, notebook keeping means consuming paper — and lots of it — especially if you are committed to journaling.
Luckily, there’s no shortage of notebook companies that are trying to minimize waste and make your journaling practice more environmentally friendly. We’ve gathered some of our favorites that put the environment first while also giving you a beautiful, durable notebook.
Since each of these notebooks are eco-friendly, the best way to shop for yourself is to consider your own journaling habits. Do you prefer a large writing space, or intimate, smaller pages? Hardcover notebooks may be preferable if you’re constantly toting your notebook around in a bag. Others, however, may prefer the feel and flexibility of a softcover.
No matter your stylistic preferences, these eco-friendly notebooks give you a place to be creative and express your thoughts — and worrying about your notebook’s paper consumption doesn’t have to be one of them.
1. Lemome Eco-Friendly Natural Cork Hardcover Notebook
From its cover to its pages, this Lemome notebook values sustainability. It has a cork cover, which is a natural, sustainable material. The cork is soft to the touch, like leather, but no animals are harmed to achieve that feeling. Plus, it has a beautiful earthy aesthetic. When it comes to the paper inside, it’s acid-free and has no added fluorescer, which means it’s better for your eyesight and was made with less processing. The notebook measures 8.4 by 5.7 inches and is recyclable.
2. Mintra Office Spiral Eco-friendly Notebooks
3. Paperage Recycled Lined Notebook Journal
Not only does this Paperage notebook have a beautiful terracotta hue, but its pages and cover are made from high-quality recycled materials. This eco-friendly notebook has 160 ruled, ivory pages and measures 5.7 by 8 inches. It has a hardcover, so you don’t need to worry about packing it in a bag or backpack when you’re on the go.
4. Northbooks A5 Blank Notebook Journal
If you’re looking for a notebook that gives back to the environment, try this one from the brand Northbooks, which works with Eden Projects to plant a tree after you add it to your cart. The paper used in this notebook is sustainably sourced and is Forest Stewardship Council certified, too. This notebook gives you a beautiful space to work and features 144 soft green cover and cream pages that have a pleasing, minimalist design. You can get the book in either lined or blank pages, and it measures 5.2 by 8.2 inches so it should easily fit in any tote or on your desk.