Ecosystem: Journals for Everyone

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Our world thrives on paper. Writers, architects, artists, teachers, and more find themselves using a sickening amount of paper. But these are often the people who have more of a desire to be environmentally friendly. Companies like Ecosystem are creating eco-friendly notebooks and letting their consumers in on every step.

Let’s start with the aesthetics. These notebooks are completely customizable. You start by choosing the style: architect (graph paper for the mathematically inclined), artist (blank sheets to fill with designs), and author (lined to pen your memoir). After that, you pick your cover: hard, flexible, or paper. The options continue with sizes small, medium, and large. To finish, everyone’s best part, the color! And if you’re not a fan of onyx, kiwi, clementine, or the others, Ecosystem will gladly take your color suggestions.

Whether you choose architect, artist, or author paper, it’s all 100% post-consumer recycled. According to the Environmental Paper Network, one ton of virgin fiber paper uses 24 trees while recycled paper uses none; but everyone knows that. Recycled paper uses 33% less energy to produce, 37% less carbon emissions, 39% less solid waste, and 49% less wastewater. The paper industry is one of the largest users and polluters of water, so this reduction of wastewater is the most important.

Environmentalists will really appreciate the step-by-step details of how Ecosystem produces their journals—prior to manufacturing, processing (including binding and folding pages), and the traveling from factories to retailers. And since the products are all made in the good old U.S.A., Ecosystem cuts their transportation carbon footprint significantly.

Since it’s beginning, Ecosystem has saved 10,892 full grown trees, over 4 million gallons of water, and over 1 million pounds of greenhouse gases.

Paper demands are expected to double in the next 15 years, are we ready? Ecosystem is doing their best to bring us there.

-Malissa Stark

Photo Credit: Eco News Network