If you’re returning to work, going back to school, or starting a new business and need to stock up on stationery supplies and notebooks, make sure to buy environmentally-friendly products that are responsibly-made (aka, made without the use of slave labour) and have a minimal impact on the planet.
And if you’re in the market for vegan, plastic-free, recycled or sustainably sourced stationery? We’ve got you covered with this curated list of brands making stylish eco-friendly stationery and notebooks.
Launched in London in 2015 by Taymoor Atighetchi, Papier is a British founded stationery brand, known for creating beautifully designed, personalised stationery, notebooks, journals and writing paper. This online stationery store offers one of the largest collections of stationery designs, many of which are created in collaboration with professional and emerging artists, illustrators and designers from across the world. Best of all, the brand is committed to sustainability, products aren’t shrink-wrapped but come in recyclable and biodegradable packaging, it uses highest quality, sustainably-sourced (read: FSC-certified paper) and all products are made-to-order and customisable so there’s no waste.
Thoughtfully designed, made and printed in Australia, Notely creates simple, beautiful and sustainable stationery and lined notebooks made with FSC-certified 100% post-consumer waste paper and non-toxic soy-based inks. Featuring the work of Australian illustrators and artists, the brand is also 100% carbon neutral so you can scribble away on its pages 100% guilt-free.
Purchase a two-pack set of eco-friendly A6 notebooks for A$14.95 here. To browse more designs, click here.
3. Decomposition Books
Founded in 1949 in Brooklyn, New York by the family-owned and operated Michael Roger, Inc. the classic Decomposition Book is a range of eco-friendly journals, notebooks and sketchbooks featuring college-ruled sheets or dot grid paper. All Decomposition notebooks are made in the United States and all styles (there are 100+ designs!) are made from 100% post-consumer waste recycled materials and the ink is soy derived. The energy used in production is also sourced from bio-gas.
Get yours here.
British eco-luxe stationery brand Ponderlily produces a stunning and highly Instagrammable range of notebooks, planners, calendars and notepads for college students, entrepreneurs and career-focussed and business-minded folks. Printed and ethically manufactured in Europe using FSC-certified recycled paper, soy-based inks and faux leather cover (yay for stationery for vegans!) this is the ideal eco-stationery brand for stylish go-getters.
5. Words With Heart
If you’re based in Australia and need some customised eco-friendly stationery, business cards, swing tags, posters and notebooks, you can’t go past Words With Heart. Founded by eco girl boss Lauren Shuttleworth, this eco-stationery business responsibly manufactured in Australia using 100% recycled paper and vegetable-based non-toxic inks, Words With Heart isn’t your typical sustainable stationery business– it’s also a social enterprise that donates a portion of profits to charity that funds education for women and girls in developing countries.
6. Earth Greetings
One of Australia’s leading eco-friendly stationery businesses, Earth Greetings was founded way back in 2003. Right from the beginning, the company sought to produce stationery with the lightest environmental footprint it could. The business locally manufactures its broad selection of earth-friendly stationery, cards, calendars and planners using 100% post-consumer recycled paper. The business runs its office on 100% Greenpower and also donates to environmental non-profits. Earth Greetings also collaborates with Australian artists and illustrators and features their work on its products.
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Disclosure: Details are correct at time of publishing. This curated list does not fully take into account all the ethical considerations that are unique to each individual. Before making a purchase, we encourage you to do your own research paying particular attention to the supply chain and your own particular set of ethics. Click here to read more about our policies. Cover image via Papier.