There are plenty of paper notebook offerings that make use of recycled materials or paper from sustainably-harvested trees. But Milan-based company Ogami takes eco-minded print materials to another level with a collection of notebooks that bypass trees altogether.
Called Repap (yes, smartypants, that's paper spelled backwards), the Ogami-innovated paper makes use stone instead of wood. The core ingredient is calcium carbonate, a natural by-product of limestone, which is recovered from stone quarries and construction waste. The production process doesn't require any petroleum or water, and the paper is naturally white, so it also doesn't need to be bleached. It's also free of acids and chlorine.
Unlike paper, Repap is waterproof and can be erased cleanly to be re-used. And when it reaches the end of its useful life, it can be easily recycled due to the fact that it's photo-biodegradable in 14 to 18 months. That means that recycling Repap doesn't require the copious amounts of water and energy that recycling paper typically does.
In a world where nearly four billion trees are cut down every year to meet consumer demand for paper products, Repap represents a smart and sustainable notebook solution. Ogami currently offers it in a colorful "Quotes" collection and a "Professional" collection, both of which feature a bunch of notebook options.