We make everything ourselves at our small factory in Dorset.
We’re therefore lucky to be able to control the whole production process which makes it easier for us to make informed choices about materials, every step of the way.
While 95% of our paper is made from recycled coffee cups we source our cover paper from repurposed waste from the food, textile and drink industries and recycled paper – waste that would otherwise end up in landfill. It goes without saying that our papers are FSC or PEFC certified.
One last small but important choice we’ve made is only using pulp-coloured papers. The paper is dyed at the mill as part of the production process, instead of flooding the surface with ink at the printing stage, to avoid additional energy use and resources.
Did you know most wires used in the stationery world have a plastic coating, so can’t be recycled? Instead, we’ve sourced a plastic-free alternative making it easy for you to recycle our Wirobound Notebooks and Weekly Planners at home.
Simply separate the wire from the pages and pop them both in your home recycling bin, or add the papers to your compost bin – your choice.
Glues & Inks
Glues and inks present an ongoing challenge (a sticky issue, if you will!)
Different printing techniques require different inks, and some of these require extra coatings to help them dry (using up more energy). On top of this, some inks are harder to 'de-ink’ during the recycling process (again, using more energy).
Our approach is to use as little ink as possible. This is one of the main reasons why we let the original colours and textures of the pulp-coloured papers take the spotlight. Where we do use inks, we choose from a variety of types, depending on the technique and quantity of items being printed, whilst always being conscious of energy use.
Similarly, we try to minimise our use of glue where we can. We’re pleased to have designed all of our notebooks and planners to be completely glue free (our notepads still require small amounts of glue).
We’re hopeful the industry will deliver better sustainable alternatives in the future and continue to monitor progress.