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A Clean, Green Slate

Inspire your inner scribe with a beautiful journal that won’t make you feel guilty about the impact of your paper use on the environment.

These modern, colorful notebooks from ecosystem are made of 100% post-consumer recycled paper. They come lined or blank, perfect for jotting down thoughts or sketching a quick picture. Pen or pencil, crayon, or charcoal — the acid- and chlorine-free paper loves them all. Tiny perforations make it easy to remove a page when you want to, and the flexible covers can be wiped clean with a
damp cloth so they keep looking new even after months of use. Plus the size is just right: big enough to capture ideas and small enough to carry everywhere.

The ecosystem journals (which we first learned about from TreeHugger) are produced entirely in the U.S. Each comes with a unique ID number, which lets you learn more about the origins of the eco-friendly materials used in your particular book, the workers who made it, and how to recycle the journal when you’re ready to part with it. When you want to get your creative juices flowing, or to inspire the listmaker, journal-keeper, or budding artist in your life, ecosystem is the ecological choice.

— Kate
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Grommet Launch Conversation

  • Maggie
    Maggie

    Maggie here representing the ecosystem team. We are so excited to be featured today on the Daily Grommet! Our made in the USA notebooks have such a wonderful story to tell you about their journey from post consumer waste to beautiful notebooks eager to capture your story! Please just let me know if you have any questions, or perhaps you want to suggest a new color, or feature, or new type of notebook. Or maybe you can share what life in your ecosystem might be like!

  • Ryan
    Ryan
    8/23/2010 12:30 PM

    ecosystem's paper is bright white and crisp, and indistinguishable as recycled. The surface is smooth and really nice to write on; even fountain pens perform well, with no feathering or bleed-through. These are great notebooks!

  • Jules
    Jules – Grommet Team
    8/23/2010 12:32 PM

    One of the things that got left on the video cutting room floor was me talking about how I tested the Ecosystem journal while sitting in a cabin in Maine. As I dug deeper I realized I was also sitting within a short driving distance of a couple of the factories that make the journals. This was a very powerful moment for me, given that Maine is a pretty poor state and I felt like I was helping to create jobs by using the journal.



    Then, by coincidence, Rob Walker issued a NYT column on the whole idea of idea of transparency in the supply chain of a product. He wrote:



    “Imagine an open-source effort emerging to make that brand/production relationship much less opaque than it is. I don’t expect that most consumers would actually turn every impulse buy into a research project, but I bet it would change the way brands scrutinize their supply chains if they knew that every thing we buy was really, truly transparent.”



    Ecosystem is a revolutionary company in starting to demonstrate this transparency. Reading the NYT article and holding the journal, I felt like I was part of something big.



    Here is the whole article if you want to read more:

    http://www.nytimes.com/2010/06/27/magazine/27FOB-consumed-t.html?_r=1&ref=consumed

  • Maggie
    Maggie – Special Guest
    8/23/2010 12:57 PM

    Hi Ryan. Thanks for noticing the ecosystem paper quality. At ecosytem we set the standard very high so that we provided the best wrting experience available for in a notebook, any notebook. What makes it all so amazing is that our paper is milled from 100% post consumer waste and is beautiful, crisp white, creamy feeling and great with any writing instrument! The books also open up and lie flat without disfiguring the spine of the book at all. This is another feature the serious journal user appreciates. We are very proud to know that you like the ecosystem notebooks so much. Thanks Ryan!

  • Maggie
    Maggie – Special Guest
    8/23/2010 1:19 PM

    Thank You Jules for your thoughtful comments. Yes, we are all about transparency and it was one of the mandates in the creation of ecosystem. Those smiling folks you see in the group picture are some of the folks that make the ecosystem notebooks in Maine. I think people would be surprised to know just how much of an artisan- made product this is. So much of each ecosystem notebook is actually done by hand! It is truly amazing to witness the whole process. As you know, ecosystem offers its users a unique way to connect with their ecosystem and to learn about its legacy....where each component was produced and the innovative manufacturing practices used. Just enter the unique registration number found in the back of each notebook you purchase. That same number also serves as a lost and found feature should you ever become separated from your notebook. Thanks again for featuring ecosystem, now we are all able to be part of something big together! We want people to not only think about the notebook they use from an ecological and social standpoint but we want them to love their notebook for its wonderful quality and features.

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    8/23/2010 1:20 PM

    This is one of those Daily Grommet finds that can appear ordinary at first blush but when you hear its story and why it captured the attention of the Daily Grommet discovery team you realize that it's truly extraordinary.

  • Ann
    Ann
    8/23/2010 4:34 PM

    I've really enjoyed all the wonderful, intelligent ideas brought to life and shown at Grommet. I recently had my very first manuscript published, and I'm ashamed to say that it was written entirely on the computer. However, I have a shelf filled with ideas, sketches, stories, and even a few erstwhile scrapbooks with wine labels, ticket stubs and pictures glue-sticked into them. Your journals would be perfect for gathering all my thoughts and memories into a beautifully-uniform venue, while also helping to save the planet, one tree at a time. I love your product - especially the magic number that will provide more information on who made the journal and how it was made! This, to me, is a huge innovation. Thank you so much!

  • Maggie
    Maggie – Special Guest
    8/23/2010 4:45 PM

    Hi Ann. Life in your ecosystem sounds really fulfilling! Its enviable that you have not only enjoyed so much but kept all the memorabilia from your obviously very full life! We look forward to being a part of your lifestyle! Thanks so much for your plans to include us.

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    8/23/2010 4:56 PM

    @Ann - and thank you for the kind words about the discoveries you've made at Daily Grommet! Best to you as you share your manuscript with the world. That is an amazing accomplishment, kudos to you!

  • Autumn
    Autumn
    5/2/2011 1:42 PM

    Is it possible to get a journal that is part blank pages and part lined pages?

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    5/2/2011 2:02 PM

    @Autumn Snell: That is a great suggestion, but unfortunately they don't have this option currently available.

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