Barnes & Noble’s ecosystem: 100% Post-Consumer Recycled Notebooks

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As much as many of us try and cut down on paper, there are some industries that simply cannot. Some jobs require sketchpads, some require grid paper, and some people just need a handy planner. Now, Barnes & Noble, along with Sterling Publishing, has come up with an environmentally friendly solution for those people who can’t go without using paper: a new line of 100% post-consumer recycled paper notebooks called ‘ecosystem‘.

The notebooks come in four varieties, to satisfy any paper needs: Advisor (monthly planner), Architect (grid journal), Artist (blank journal), and Author (lined journal). You can choose from 3 sizes, five colours, and have either hard cover or flexi covers for your book.

The production of the first order of the ecosystem notebooks has already saved 3,046 trees, 1.3 million gallons of water, and over 250,000 lbs of greenhouse gases.

So what makes ecosystem different from all of the other recycled paper notebooks? Besides the variety of notebook and paper styles, the books also come with completely recycled and recyclable covers, and they are all made entirely in the United States. The benefit of local production is the reduction of fuel needed to ship the ecosystem notebooks, as well as the economic benefit it provides to the communities who have a hand in producing them.

The books are priced between $9.95 and $19.95, and you can find the ecosystem notebooks for sale at Barnes & Noble’s everywhere, or online. Plus, there are a handful of inserts for the back pocket of the books, like To-Do lists or calendars, available at – a perfect way to start your back-to-school shopping.

Once you have your ecosystem book, be sure to join the ecosystem community and register yourself as an ecosystem author, artist, advisor, or architect. It’s an easy way to keep in contact with like-minded people, and it certainly is the most eco-friendly way to scribble down your ideas.

  • Ian Andrew

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