Eco-friendly Notebooks

31. July 2012

Notebooks aren’t disposable. They don’t age and usually they don’t produce and disposal problems, because they are archived and cherished.

Still, many notebooks aren’t great for the environment, either, if they are, for example, produced in Asia and shipped all over the globe. The ecological assessment has to take many different issues in account: The materials, the production conditions, the transport routes, the packaging and the disposal.

Recycled paper

The produtction of recycled paper consumes only 1/3 of the energy, water and carbon dioxide
when compared to a standard fresh fibre paper. From an eco-friendly point of
view, recycled paper thus is your best choice. Still though there are many
differences amongst recycled papers. You should always use paper that’s marked
with the eco-label „Blue Angel“. Only these papers are completely made of waste

Have a look at this overview of the most important brands and sources of supply for recycled

Distributor Brand
Igepa Circle Offset (formerly known as Resa Offset)
Papier Union Envirotop und Druckfix
Antalis Cyclus und Cocoon
Deutsche Papier Revive
Papyrus Recystar und Balance Pure Offset
brandbook recommends the following recycled papers for notebooks and books:

Distributor Brand Colour Certificate
Papyrus Recystar Natur bräunlich Blauer Engel
Papyrus Recystar Polar gräulich Blauer Engel + FSC Recycling
Papyrus Balance Pure fast weiß FSC Recycling

Our criteria:

_good writing characteristics

_good printability

_tensile strength

_“Blue Angel“

certified by the FSC

The acronym FSC stands for „Forest Stewardship Council“ and is used to certify paper that is
made of wood from sustainably forestry. The FSC seal guarantees that the wood
comes from legal timber production. Paper producers usually have a hard time
finding out where their wood comes from. Besides the ecological aspect, the FSC
seal secures social standards. Products with the seal „FSC – 100%“ are made of
timber that exclusively comes from forests or wood plantations that are
certified by the FSC. The seal doesn’t tell you anything about whether or not
waste paper is being used for your paper products. That’s why there’s another
seal called „FSC – Recycling“. This seal guarantees that your paper has been
made of waste paper completely. Compared to the „Blue Angel“ seal, the FSC seal
doesn’t allow any conclusions as to whether the quality of the waste paper is good or whether chemicals have been used during production. There are lots of different papers to be found in
the FSC database. Of course, we will be happy to provide consulting.

brandbook notebooks always are Made in Germany. We’re always looking for the best
environmental compatibility when it comes to paper, cover material or ink. Our cover materials are usually made of 100% recycled materials. The papers we use for our inner books are always certified by the FSC and we always try to use solvent-free glue.Additionally, we provide a special service for customers who want a climate-neutral
production.The inevitable carbon dioxide emissions will be neutralized by trading emissions permits, supporting climate protection projects. You can always chose which project you want to support. Your book project will get a certificate number for you and your business partners to look up the project you supported.

brandbook is partners with various organisations, as for example the Bergwaldprojekt.