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Eco Lovers Rejoice! Fabriano EcoQua Notebooks

15 Jan

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With centuries of paper-making experience, Fabriano’s EcoQua Notebooks in a set of 2 are as environmentally-friendly as you can dream for. Made in Italy, the EcoQua Notebooks are not only FSC certified paper, it’s also chlorine free, acid free, and completely recyclable. Available in myriad fashionable cover colors so you can choose your favorite, the EcoQua Notebooks have 85 gsm off-white paper, and the notebooks are fully recyclable. Grab them all, color code your notebooks, and protect the environment at the same time with the Fabriano EcoQua Notebooks!

Rhodia Academic Planners Have Arrived

13 Jun

What’s better than starting fresh in a Rhodia Academic Planner? It begins in August 2013 and wraps up in July 2014, so it’s a great idea for scholars and professionals. The amazing ink-friendly paper, along with the planner + notes format makes it a gem of datebooks for paper lovers and Rhodia fans alike. Plus, enjoy the convenient tear-off corners and elastic closure to keep your new academic planner organized. Shop Rhodia Academic Planners »

Celebrate Earth Day 2013 with a FREE Downloadable Stationery!

22 Apr

Happy Earth Day from EuropeanPaper.com!

Get outside today! Try journaling out under a tree, sketching at a park, or just open the windows a little wider and breathe in some fresh air. Check out our list of 5 Things To Do on Earth Day for more ideas for today! Happy Earth Day from everyone at EuropeanPaper.com!

And we have a special something for you all: a FREE downloadable stationery for Earth Day!

Here is what it looks like with “European Paper Company” used as a sample name:

Screenshot: FREE Earth Day Downloadable Stationery from Cole Imperi and EuropeanPaper.com

 

It prints out on an 8.5- by 11-inch piece of paper and you can elect to print it borderless (if your printer has that capability) or with a border. The grey hairline down the center allows you to get two sheets of stationery out of one piece of paper. It folds in half and will fit into an A2-sized envelope.

You can type your name into one of the boxes and personalize the stationery as well! Just like how we show it above with European Paper Company! Download the FREE Earth Day Stationery here!

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Meet the Stationery Designer: Cole Imperi is a business owner and a proponent of the handwritten word. When not at Doth Brands, a Branding & Identity firm catering to the health, wellness & deathcare professions where Cole works as Owner and Creative Director, you might find her on her yoga mat teaching yoga or behind a laptop writing for Simplicity Embellished, a letter-writing and lifestyle blog.

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5 Things To Do on Earth Day

20 Apr

Happy Earth Day from EuropeanPaper.com

Earth Day is this Sunday April 22nd! Try one or all five of the below suggestions to be a little greener this year.

1) Take a walk. Whether it’s to the grocery store, post office, or around the block, remember what Earth Day is all about: getting outside and enjoying nature.

2) Eat raw – grab fruit or veggies on your way out the door in the morning instead of that processed toaster strudel, breakfast bar, or the like. Keep fresh, raw foods with you during the day for anytime a snack attack surprises you. Plant a small garden for an even more sustainable raw foods choice. Plus you can document it all in a Moleskine Passions Garden Journal to keep track of the plantings.

3) Carpool to the bar next time. You’ll need a DD anyway for the group, or if you go with coworkers, snag a ride there, back home, and on the way in the next morning. Reciprocate the favor the next time you all go out (and you could even write your coworker a thank you note).

4) Buy sustainable / eco paper products. Look for FSC and PEFC paper certifications when you’re shopping for your next journal or datebook (academic planners are coming up!).

5) The average American drinks 2.5 cups of coffee a day – almost none of which is local. The financial and environmental burdens of your fave roast can be significantly cut down by downsizing your habit to one coffee a day, or even one every other day. Supplement your morning drinking patterns when you’re writing letters or journaling with green or black tea instead.

This Saturday Switch Off with Earth Hour

30 Mar

Being “eco” is a daily choice, and one of the best things about creating a greener lifestyle (and better world), is that it can be made in the smallest choices.  Buying alternative fiber journals, keeping an eye out for eco paper features,  and using stationery created from sustainable practices are just a few examples.

But one of the absolute easiest things you can do is flick the switch … off, that is, in support of Earth Hour. Join millions of others around the world who will turn off the lights this Saturday, March 31 at 8.30pm-9.30pm (wherever you are in the world). Earth Hour is an annual global event (since 2006) organized by the World Wildlife Fund and made possible by teams in 135 countries.

It can be quite inspirational to see your city go dark knowing the intention behind each flick of the switch. Will you participate? Whether you do or don’t, we’d love to know your thoughts.

European Paper Co.’s Eco-Glossary

20 Mar

Acid Free

Acid-free paper is paper that has a neutral or basic pH (7 or slightly greater) and is lignin- and sulfur-free. Acid-free paper production neutralizes the acids that occur in wood pulp to create longer-lasting paper that won’t yellow over time. The paper itself can last from 500 to 1,000 years, which has made it appealing to archivists and scrapbookers. The process to make acid-free paper is significantly more environmentally friendly than the process to produce standard paper as waste water and byproducts of the papermaking process can be recycled; energy can be saved in the drying and refining process; and alkaline paper can be more easily recycled. However, acid-free paper is an industry standard now, so don’t choose paper simply because it’s acid free; choose a paper that is environmentally responsible in some other way and is acid-free.

ACID-FREE BRANDS: Moleskine, Rhodia, Leuchtturm1917

Carbon Neutral

“Carbon Neutral” is a term used when referencing offsetting or eliminating those production processes that release carbon dioxide.  Carbon neutrality, or having a net zero carbon footprint, refers to achieving net zero carbon emissions by balancing carbon dioxide released into the atmosphere from burning fossil fuels with renewable energy that creates a similar amount of useful energy (or just using all renewable energy sources like wind or solar power), or buying enough carbon credits to make up the difference.

CARBON NEUTRAL BRANDS: Quotable Cards, Whitelines

Chlorine Free

You might see a number of chlorine-related claims on paper products. The bottom line: The chlorine bleaching process produces tons of toxins that may disrupt our immune systems. If you’re looking for top-shelf eco-friendly paper products, you want to find the “100% chlorine free” claim, which means the virgin paper wasn’t bleached with chlorine at any point, or – even better – the “processed chlorine free” claim, which indicates that the recycled content wasn’t bleached with chlorine. In researching chlorine-free paper further, you’ll find the following chlorine-free related terms:

“Elemental chlorine free (ECF) is a technique that uses chlorine dioxide for the bleaching of wood pulp. It does not use elemental chlorine gas during the bleaching process and prevents the formation of dioxins and dioxin-like compounds, carcinogens. Totally chlorine free (TCF) is a technique that uses no chlorine compounds for the bleaching of wood pulp for paper production. This prevents the formation of dioxins, highly carcinogenic pollutants.” [Wikipedia]

Recycled Content

According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), paper labeled as “recycled” must be made from at least 30% post-consumer waste. That means that 30% has been used by a consumer, turned into a recycling program, and then reused to make new paper. Pre-consumer waste, on the other hand, uses paper materials that were discarded before they reached the consumer. A third term you don’t hear often is Mill Broke, which is paper trimmings and other scraps collected during the paper manufacturing process, and is recycled internally in a paper mill. While it’s good to use up that pre-consumer and mill broke waste, it’s even better to eliminate it from the paper production process altogether (since those are still using virgin paper), which means buying recycled paper with the highest post-consumer waste content that you can find is the most ideal situation. For example, Mudlark notecards are made with 80% post-consumer content and Quotable Cards boast 100% post consumer content, both very eco-friendly choices for writing that thank you note!

You might find paper products labeled with a “recycled content” or “contains recycled content” claim. In these cases, the product usually has less than 30% post-consumer waste or contains only pre-consumer waste. While it’s great to buy products that use any amount of recycled content, these paper options are on the low-end of the eco-friendly paper scale.

RECYCLED CONTENT BRANDS: Mudlark, Quotable Cards

Soy-Based Ink

Traditional ink is petroleum-based, so soy and vegetable based inks are a gentler alternative. Soy crops take considerably less impact on the environment, they are available in bright colors, and make the paper they are printed on easier to recycle. To make soy ink, soybean oil is slightly refined and then blended with pigment, resins, and waxes. Even though soybean oil is an edible vegetable oil, soy ink is not edible or 100% biodegradable because the pigments and other additives that are mixed with the oil are the same as those used in petroleum-based inks.

SOY-BASED INK BRANDS: Quotable CardsMudlark, Rite in the Rain

Sustainable Certifications

The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) and the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification schemes (PEFC) are both non-profit, non-governmental organizations that promote responsible forest management. Seals from these organizations indicate that paper has been approved in their certification processes. As is the case whenever multiple organizations provide the same function, there is significant debate over which certification is better; in North America, it seems the preference is for the FSC seal.

FSC Certified: The Forest Stewardship Council is an international non-profit promoting responsible forest management through its developed principles and wood tracking system. This logo identifies products that contain wood from responsibly managed forests that have been independently certified according to the rules of the FSC.

FSC CERTIFIED BRANDS: Moleskine, Rite in the Rain, Paperblanks

PEFC Certified: The Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification Schemes is an international non-profit that incorporates multiple national forest certifications intended to make the forest certification easier and more applicable to different types of forests.

PEFC CERTIFIED BRANDS: Rhodia, Clairefontaine, Exacompta

Tree-Free Fiber

A tree-free fiber claim on a paper product means that material was derived from a source other than trees. These tree-free options are usually a little more expensive but provide you with the most sustainable paper option over the product’s life cycle. The benefits of using non-wood sources are much more than just saving the world’s forests. Tree-free paper production processes are also more environmentally sound, requiring fewer chemicals and less energy. Traditionally, the plant sources of tree-free fibers regrow rapidly and the harvesting of the plants does not disrupt natural ecosystems (a perfect example is the lokta bush).

Tree-free paper comes from four main sources: Agricultural Residues (bamboo, straw, wheat, etc.), Fiber Crops (hemp, soybeans, etc.), Textiles (cotton, textile scraps), and Vegetable or Fruit Fiber (banana stalk, mango leaf, pineapple husk, etc.).  A notable fifth source has only recently been established – that of animal dung with PooPooPaper at the forefront.

TREE-FREE BRANDS: Nepali Lokta Paper, Lama Li, PooPooPaper

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Editor’s Note: The eco icons you see in this article are the exact logos you will see on products on EuropeanPaper.com – so you can clearly identify eco products to aid you in your green shopping! Check out the PooPooPaper Elephant Journal and Moleskine Classic Pocket Ruled Notebook for two examples. This eco-glossary includes content from Maggie Marton’s Guide to Recycled Paper, published here on European Paper Company’s Blog.

Green Goodies for St. Patrick’s Day

9 Mar

Saint Patrick’s Day is just around the corner, and while everyone around the world celebrates their own way, “green” is always involved. Whether that’s literal or eco-inspired, we’re sure the following round-up will inspire you to keep green close at hand this following weekend (at least so you don’t get pinched!).

1. Moleskine Passions Wellness Journal (5 x 8.25 in.) - acid-free paper
2. Leuchtturm1917 Large Hard Cover Ruled Notebook (5.75 x 8.25 in.) - acid-free paper + archival quality
3. Apica CD-11 Series Notebook (Set of 3) (5.75 x 8.25 in.) - acid-free paper
4. Poo Poo Paper Stationery Sets (11.5 x 8.5 in.) - tree-free alternative fiber
5. Mudlark Eco Clare de Lune Boxed Note Cards - 80% post-consumer recycled content + printed soy-based inks

And a few interesting St. Patrick’s Day:

“The shortest St Patrick’s Day parade in the world takes place in DripseyCork. The parade lasts just 100 yards and travels between the village’s two pubs.” Wikipedia

“Though green is a very popular color on St. Patrick’s Day, the original color that was very popular and often related back to St. Patrick was not green, but blue.” TopTenz.

“There are four places in the United States named after the shamrock, the floral emblem of Ireland: Mount Gay-Shamrock, WV; Shamrock, TX; Shamrock Lakes, IN; and Shamrock, OK.” History.com

“Another St. Patrick myth is the claim that he banished snakes from Ireland. It’s true no snakes exist on the island today, Freeman said. But they never did. Ireland, after all, is surrounded by icy ocean waters—much too cold to allow snakes to migrate from Britain or anywhere else.” National Geographic

 

A Guide to Recycled Paper

23 Feb

There was a time when recycled paper came in two hues: washed-out gray and off-yellow. Now, recycled paper is available in a rainbow of colors, a range of materials, and even with custom printing options. But not all recycled paper is created equal!

Buying recycled paper reduces the amount of waste ending up in the landfill. It also saves energy – recycled paper uses much less energy to produce – and recycling causes less air and water pollution than manufacturing “virgin” paper. However, make sure you’re getting the biggest environmentally friendly bang for your buck. Keep in mind a few recycled paper definitions that will help you choose the most eco-friendly option whether you’re buying journals, stationery, or even office supplies!

Post-Consumer Waste vs. Pre-Consumer Waste

According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), recycled paper must be made from at least 30% post-consumer waste. That means that 30% has been used by a consumer, turned into a recycling program, and then reused to make new paper. Pre-consumer waste, on the other hand, uses scraps left over from the paper manufacturing process. While it’s good to use up that waste, it’s even better to eliminate it from the paper production process altogether, which means buying paper with the highest post-consumer waste content that you can find. For example, the Mudlark notecards boast 80% post-consumer waste, a very eco-friendly choice for writing that thank you note!

Recycled Content

You might find paper products labeled with a “recycled content” or “contains recycled content” claim. In these cases, the product has less than 30% post-consumer waste or contains only pre-consumer waste. While it’s great to buy products that use any amount of recycled content, these paper options are on the low end of the eco-friendly paper scale.

Chlorine Free

You might see a number of chlorine-related claims on paper products. The bottom line: The chlorine bleaching process produces tons of toxins that may disrupt our immune systems. If you’re looking for top-shelf eco-friendly paper products, you want to find the “100% chlorine free” claim, which means the virgin paper wasn’t bleached with chlorine at any point, or – even better – the “processed chlorine free” claim, which indicates that the recycled content wasn’t bleached with chlorine.

Acid Free

Acid-free paper production neutralizes the acids that occur in wood pulp to create longer-lasting paper that won’t yellow over time. The paper itself can last from 500 to 1,000 years, which has made it appealing to archivists and scrapbookers, but that long-lasting feature has made it a subject of numerous eco-debates. However, the process to make the paper is significantly more environmentally friendly than the process to produce standard paper. So don’t choose paper simply because it’s acid free; choose a paper that is environmentally responsible in some other way and is acid-free.

Tree-Free Fiber

A tree-free fiber claim on a paper product means that material was derived from a source other than trees. These tree-free options are usually a little more expensive but provide you with the most sustainable paper option. Tree-free fibers include animal poop, hemp, textile scraps, sugar cane husks, and more. Check out the Cherry Blossoms Large Lokta Journal or the Poo Poo Paper Elephant Silhouette Journal for tree-free fiber options.

Sustainable Certifications

The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) and the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification schemes (PEFC) are both non-profit, non-governmental organizations that promote responsible forest management. Seals from these organizations indicate that paper has been approved in their certification processes. As is the case whenever multiple organizations provide the same function, there is significant debate over which certification is better; in North America, it seems the preference is for the FSC seal.

Finally, to score more eco-friendly points, look for recycled paper that is printed with soy-based ink. Traditional ink is petroleum-based, so soy is a gentler alternative.

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 Meet the Writer:Maggie Marton is a freelance writer who lives in Bloomington, Indiana, with her husband and their three darling dogs. View more of Maggie’s work at MaggieMarton.com

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Keep Your Green Resolutions with PooPooPaper

9 Feb

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 In a time when people are becoming more aware of their impact on the environment, many people will resolve to live a greener lifestyle each new year.  This can involve recycling, using less energy, investing in carbon offsets, and many other resolutions that will require consistent attention throughout the year.  However, it may be easier to simply start small.  Keep your resolution to “go green” by slowly making the switch to more sustainable products.  These products are not only environmentally friendly; they have amazing stories behind them. Take PooPooPaper for example.

Inspiration

PooPooPaper was no accident.  Founder Michael Flancman grew up loving the great outdoors.  From canoe trips and ice hockey near Toronto, to kayaking and mountain climbing in British Columbia, “the outdoors were in my fabric,” Flancman said.  This passion combined with an intrigue of business and manufacturing led Flancman on a natural course to found the Alternative Pulp and Paper Company and PooPooPaper Products.

The process from poop to paper is really quite intriguing.  Basically, animals such as elephants, cows, horses, and donkeys, which have fiber-rich vegetarian diets, produce almost as much poop as the amount of food they consume. Their “digestive systems … don’t really break down the vegetation all that well, [so] their poop has plenty of fiber even after their meal is consumed.” As fibers make pulp, which makes paper, Flancman saw the possibility to make paper without the use of trees, and instead he started using animal dung. After the dung is collected, it is rinsed and boiled, then formed into paper.  The whole process is a little more complex and takes a bit of time to get to the finished product, but it is fascinating to see how it is done.

What Recycled Really Means

Most products now have some sort of recycled stamp on them.  Many boast that they are at least partially made from recycled material, but when it comes down to it, the recycling process can be just as bad as the creation process and the underlying product still relies on tree-based pulp.  Some companies are taking part in what is often referred to as “greenwashing.”

According to Flancman that means, “the act of blatantly and intentionally misleading the public by offering a product for sale that falls well short of the purported sustainable benefits claimed or suggested.”  There could not be a better definition.  PooPooPaper products are the exact opposite.  They are made from the fibrous waste of a variety of animals.  No chlorine or bleach or other harsh chemicals are involved, and even soy-based ink is used exclusively when printing designs.  While these are certainly great achievements, the company is always striving for a more efficient process.

Sustainability as Reality

The driving force behind PooPooPaper is simple, some might say even downright playful, and rightfully so.  It is to create a product that is “immeasurably more sustainable than its tree pulp-based counterpart” while at the same time having fun. Really the best way to explain their motivation is to rely on the slogan: “PooPooPaper – Playfully Outrageous with an Underlying Message of Sustainability.” Not only is the company model sustainable, they donate to several non-profits committed to wild land conservation and animal protection.

Resolving to live a more sustainable lifestyle is a process.  Start by supporting a company that makes sustainability their foundation.  PooPooPaper strives to “spread the word of sustainability to as many people in as many places as possible through our unique, memorable, fun, educational and meaningful products.” Their goal is to spread the word; your resolution is to use a more sustainable product.  Together, both goals will be met.   After all, seeing the paper on the coffee table will be the constant reminder to waste less, save more, and live smart.

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 Meet the Writer: Scott Sery is a native to Billings, Montana, where he enjoys amazing access to the great outdoors the area has to offer. With years of wandering in the backcountry, and a love for the environment, he transfers his experiences exploring the great outdoors to guides and stories of surviving in the wilderness.

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Giving the Right Gift: Eco-Friendly Lokta Journals

8 Dec

Cherry Blossoms Large Lokta Journal (5.875 x 8.25)

Cherry Blossoms Large Lokta Journal on EPC

As the holiday season approaches, we are inundated with advertisements to buy, buy, buy! Something for all our family members; something shiny and new for our significant others; something small for all our co-workers; and something for ourselves, of course. The choices on gifts are essentially endless, and the options can overwhelm anyone into simply picking up a gift card, slapping a bow on it, and calling it good.

However, if we stop for a minute and take a breath from mass consumerism, we can remember a time when it was not this difficult to pick out or create a gift for those we know and love. If you think about it, most kids hand-make cards and gifts for their parents. The time and energy that went into these gifts were worth far more than anything they could have bought, and they end up being the most cherished gifts a person could receive for a long time to come. So why don’t we continue this into adulthood?

The main excuse is time (or lack thereof), of course. Many adults become so busy with work, taking care of their home and family (and maintaining their sanity), they just don’t have the time to sit down for arts and crafts. Don’t fret though, instead of buying some shiny object that comes across media outlets, there is a way to show you care (even without having the time to do it yourself). I’m talking about eco-friendly products made of handcrafted materials. For example, an eco-friendly journal can have all the flair of a fancy new gadget, all the hard work of a gift delicately crafted by your hand, and all the meaning of something given from the heart.

One of the most commonly handcrafted papers is Lokta paper.  Also called Nepali paper it is made from the bark of the Lokta bush that grows naturally in the Himalayan foothills.  The process is incredibly sustainable, doesn’t require any chemicals or machined manufacturing, and a lot of individual energy from local Nepalese villagers goes into making every one of the pages in a Lokta journal. Here’s a glimpse at the process:

  • Stripping the Bark:
    • The inner bark of the Lokta plant must be stripped by hand and thoroughly cleaned, then chopped into small sections.  The batch is then soaked in water for up to 6 hours to soften the fibers.
  • Cooking Process:
    • After the sections of Lokta bark have soaked, they are cooked in a water and soda solution for 1 to 2 hours.  This process helps break down the cells and allow the bark to become more malleable be formed into paper.
  • Forming the Paper:
    • When the cells have lost their rigid structure, the pulp is pounded with flat rocks to break it down further.  It is then poured into a flat wooden mould and allowed to dry in the sun.

The finished product is a paper that is not only pleasant to the eye and to the touch, but also one that is incredibly strong.  Since the paper is not bleached or cured with any chemicals to alter its look there are individual variances in every strand that enhance the natural look and feel of the paper.  Plus, the Lokta plant is a renewable resource as it regenerates after every pruning (which takes about 2 to 4 years to fully grow back), so a person can not only be satisfied their journal is providing jobs for the Nepalese that will last for years to come, but that the environment is not being destroyed in the process.

Finding the right gift can be a burden.  In today’s society is often too easy to get caught up in the commercialism of the season and forget about finding a gift that has real meaning behind it.  While there are a lot of great gifts out there, the one with a story, hard work, and meaning behind it will surely stand out above the rest.

 

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 Meet the Writer: Scott Sery is a native to Billings, Montana, where he enjoys amazing access to the great outdoors the area has to offer. With years of wandering in the backcountry, and a love for the environment, he transfers his experiences exploring the great outdoors to guides and stories of surviving in the wilderness.

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Green Gifts: Thoughtful Eco-Friendly Products for Friends & Family

6 Dec

Whether it’s during the major holiday season or for birthdays or life events, give your friends, family, and coworkers thoughtful gifts that have a minimal ecological impact. Pretty and sleek, eco-friendly stationery and office supplies come in a variety of colors and designs. With so much range, you can find the perfect, environmentally-responsible gift for everyone on your list!

For the Harried, Hurried Exec

Exacompta Exacard Wirebound Business Card Holder on EuropeanPaper.com

Exacompta Exacard Wirebound Business Card Holder

For the busy professionals in your life, give the gift of organization with the Exacompta Exacard Wirebound Business Card Holder. Your environmentally-conscious professional friends will appreciate the 80-percent recycled material. With slots that hold up to 120 cards, you’ll also help them reign in those unruly stacks of business cards. You also can send this to your business contacts as a creative, professional holiday gift. Slip your card into the proper alphabetical slot, and turn the sleek card holder into a fun – and functional – business gift.

For the Daydreamer

Poo Poo Paper Elephant Silhouette Journal on EuropeanPaper.com

Poo Poo Paper Elephant Silhouette Journal

Give the writer, dreamer, or goal-setter a unique gift: a journal made from elephant poop. That’s right; the Poo Poo Paper Elephant Silhouette Journal is made from elephant dung that has been cleaned, processed, and turned into ecologically-responsible journal paper. This one-of-a-kind gift will impress the eco-friendly journal writers on your list. Personalize the journal by writing an inspirational quote or heartfelt message on the inside cover.

For the Creative Genius

Eco Vintage Journal on EuropeanPaper.com

Eco Vintage Journal

The blank tree-free pages of the Eco Vintage Journal beg for sketches. The artist in your life will be inspired by the hand-painted images adorning the cover of each journal. Because many artists develop preferences for materials and media, it can be difficult to find just the right thing. These journals give an artist plenty of blank space with room to scrawl in a travel-friendly size.

For your Nearest & Dearest

Mudlark Eco Hayden Leigh Memento Boxed Note Cards on Europeanpaper.com

Mudlark Eco Hayden Leigh Boxed Note Cards

For a gift that is as wallet-friendly as it is eco-friendly, pick up a recycled paper notecard and pen a love letter. Though it sounds too simple, a heartfelt, handwritten note will give the recipient a lasting memory and a keepsake that will last longer than another scarf-and-gloves set. Write a note to your mom telling her how grateful you are for all she’s done for you. Pen a romantic note to your partner detailing why you love them. Send a letter to your friends explaining why their friendship means so much to you. Tie a bow around the envelope and leave it under the tree – or draw a bow on the envelope flap if you’re sending it through the mail. This simple, eco-conscious, budget-friendly gift can be a meaningful gift that may even spark a new tradition.

Lama Li Eco Hemp Pencil Bag on EuropeanPaper.com

Lama Li Eco Hemp Pencil Bag

For the OCD Organizer

Give the gift of storage to your favorite organizer. The Lama Li Hemp Pencil Bag is handmade from uber-eco-friendly hemp. At four-by-eight inches, it’s big enough to tote pens, pencils, and highlighters, while being small enough to tuck into a purse or laptop bag. Plus, it’s a gift with good karma: Proceeds from sales help support rural economic development projects inNepal.

For the Fountain Pen Aficionado

Conklin Mark Twain Crescent Blue Marble Fountain Pen on EuropeanPaper.com

Conklin Mark Twain Crescent Blue Marble Fountain Pen

Channel an American legend with the Conklin Mark Twain Crescent Fountain Pen. A classic refillable pen is an eco-chic alternative to traditional writing instruments. Americans buy around 106 billion (yes, billion!) ballpoint pens each year. All that plastic eventually ends up in the landfill. Spend more on an elegant pen that will last a lifetime, stay out of the garbage, and inspire your grateful recipient.

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 Meet the Writer:Maggie Marton is a freelance writer who lives in Bloomington, Indiana, with her husband and their three darling dogs. View more of Maggie’s work at MaggieMarton.com

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JUST IN: Rite in the Rain

30 Nov

Rite in the Rain on EuropeanPaper.comJUST IN: Rite in the Rain Notebooks are now available on European Paper Company! Keep reading for more information on Rite in the Rain; then check them out on EuropeanPaper.com!

“Outdoor writing products for outdoor writing people.” Founded by Jerry Darling in the 1920′s, Rite in the Rain (RITR) products were originally created for the logging industry and have spread throughout all outdoor industries for work and individual use alike.

Widely reputed to protect journal entries, sketches, notes and doodles in not just wet weather, but humid and hot situations too, Rite in the Rain paper is formulated specifically for the outdoor rigors of adventurers, military personnel, and weekend warriors of all ilk.

The RITR Breakdown:

  • The Rite in the Rain Soft Cover Notebooks – also called Rite in the Rain Field-Flex Perfect Bound Notebooks – are the most durable and weatherproof go-to notebook for outdoor professionals and enthusiasts around the world. Check out the pocket-sized soft cover notebook here and the larger-sized soft cover notebook here.
  • The Rite in the Rain Hard Cover Notebooks – also known as the Rite in the Rain “Professional’s” Perfect Bound Notebooks – are made to withstand the elements with their rigid covers and weatherproof paper. They are the perfect indestructible notebook for outdoorsy people. Find the 4.25 x 6.75 in. hard cover notebook here and the slightly larger 4.75 x 7.5 in. hard cover notebook here.
  • The Rite in the Rain Spiralbound Notebooks are made with a Poyldura cover material containing post-consumer recycled material to withstand the elements while staying eco-conscious. Shop the Spiralbound Notebook by clicking here.
  • The Rite in the Rain All-Weather Standard Clicker Pen is the ideal ballpoint pen for outdoor use with any Rite in the Rain Notebook. Click here for more on the pen.

Ideal for a variety of all-weather applications with outdoor professionals and enthusiasts around the world, Rite in the Rain Notebooks & All-Weather Pen are perfect as a gift or for yourself.

Shop Rite in the Rain products on EuropeanPaper.com!