Reusable Stationary: A review of Greenstory’s GreenBook whiteboard notebook

By Hanna Pumfrey

The UK is a nation of stationary lovers. It’s official! We can’t get enough of it. Pens, pads, journals, post it notes, highlighters. You name it, we use it.  Despite the trend to digital living, stationary brands are reporting continual rise in sales, suggesting paper is definitely not dead. Technology has taken over much of the written word, and whilst it is convenient and necessary in today’s modern world it can lack the human touch and genuine joy that is associated with a good old written list or page of notes on weighty paper.

Sadly though, discarded paper is a major component of many landfill sites. Did you know that a sheet of writing paper usually contains fibres from hundreds of different trees? I didn’t until I started researching! And these fibres travel thousands of miles from forest to consumer, creating large carbon footprints. Paper is made of wood fibres originating from natural forests or pulpwood plantations. The WWF states that while some of this timber is grown in well-managed forests and plantations, much of it is still the result of illegal logging and the destruction of ancient forests. For example, natural forests in Sumatra and New Guinea are now endangered due to the demand for pulpwood. Illegal logging also threatens the habitats of rare wildlife species, such as tigers, Asian elephants, Asian rhinos and orangutans.

closed greenbook notebook from Greenstory

So, at a minimum, when looking to satisfy our stationary love we should all be looking for FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) certified paper goods. This is the certification that allows us to identify, purchase and use wood, paper and other forest sourced products from well managed forests and/or recycled materials. There is also the bleaching of paper to take into consideration; Chlorine and compounds of chlorine are used in the bleaching of wood pulp. The use of chlorine on plants produces significant quantities of dioxins. Dioxins are persistent organic pollutants that are generally recognised among the most toxic human-released pollutants out there.

So, I decided to go one step further and ditch the paper all together, opting for a reusable whiteboard notebook from Greenstory, the GreenBook. Yes, the GreenBook is made with plastic -baaad plastic – but, in this case, it’s not so bad! The GreenBook is a reusable, eco-friendly; whiteboard notebook that last years.

Greenbook weekly planner from Greenstory

A zero- waste notebook

From the outside it looks like a regular ring bound notebook, but on the inside, it’s a mini, customisable whiteboard. You can choose multiple different page options from To Do lists and weekly planners to nutrition planners. You can also streamline your pages depending on what you’re doing that day by clicking the pages you want in and out of the notebook. Always good if you’re anything like me and your handbag is usually heavy with a million and one other things.

When I first received my GreenBook courtesy of the lovely Yagmur, Greenstory’s founder, I was sceptical. I am your original stationary lover. Give me a luxurious matt paper and a beautiful ballpoint pen ANY day of the week. However, I have been really pleasantly surprised by the GreenBook. No longer do I make a mistake and scrunch up paper tossing it mindlessly into the nearest bin. I simply grab my cloth, rub out and start again. Then I take a picture of my notes and planning (ok largely doodling) to keep a record for later. 

nutrition planner in Greenbook from Greenstory

Modular, erasable whiteboard pages

At first, I didn’t think I’d like the feel of writing on the whiteboard pages but the pen, that uses a water based ink, is silky and glides across the page making you want to keep writing. The soft tip leaves the pages intact and excitingly, it’s refillable too.

I have loved being able to switch in pages depending on what I am doing that week and the nutrition planner has been great for keeping tabs on my diet. Not because I’m dieting but because I wanted to make sure I was getting the right balance of nutrients as I tend to forget what I’ve eaten or make bad choices if I don’t make a conscious note.

Conscious of the whole story, Greestory also ship their orders in envelopes made of 100% recycled, unbleached paper that carry’s the Blaue Engel certificate. The padding, shipping label and tape are also all made of recycled, unbleached paper.

This little notepad truly serves its purpose. I'm someone who goes through reams and reams of paper for note writing, and FSC certified paper is not always to hand, so keeping my GreenBook with me has been a great way to reduce my paper use.  

Check out the GreenBook.

Read more about Yagmur.

This post was sponsored by Greenstory, and I received product to review. All thoughts and opinions my own.