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Monday Morning Review Round-up

2 Apr

Ink Reviews

Seize the David: Noodler’s Black Revisited

Does This Pen Make Me Look Fat?: My Favorite Inks: DeAtramentis Jane Austen

East, West, Everywhere: Iroshizuku Ku-jaku

Pen/Pencil Reviews

Leigh Reyes: TWSBI meets vintage nib

Economy Pens: Paper Mate InkJoy 700 RT 1.0 Black

No Pen Intended: Lamy Pico Pocket Size Extendable Ballpoint Pen & Pilot Vanishing Point Yellow Body Broad Nib Fountain Pen

Well Appointed Desk: Kaweco Guilloch 1930 EF Fountain Pen

Stationery Review: Lamy Nexx

Writing Instruments: Noodler’s Ahab Fountain Pen

Recording Thoughts: Parker Duofold Pen

*We also wanted to wish Brad Dowdy [The Pen Addict] all the best on his new adventures (he’s looking for a new job currently).

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EPC’s Eco-Glossary

20 Mar

Acid Free

Acid-free paper is paper that has a neutral or basic pH (7 or slightly greater) and is lignin- and sulfur-free. Acid-free paper production neutralizes the acids that occur in wood pulp to create longer-lasting paper that won’t yellow over time. The paper itself can last from 500 to 1,000 years, which has made it appealing to archivists and scrapbookers. The process to make acid-free paper is significantly more environmentally friendly than the process to produce standard paper as waste water and byproducts of the papermaking process can be recycled; energy can be saved in the drying and refining process; and alkaline paper can be more easily recycled. However, acid-free paper is an industry standard now, so don’t choose paper simply because it’s acid free; choose a paper that is environmentally responsible in some other way and is acid-free.

ACID-FREE BRANDS: Moleskine, Rhodia, Leuchtturm1917

Carbon Neutral

“Carbon Neutral” is a term used when referencing offsetting or eliminating those production processes that release carbon dioxide.  Carbon neutrality, or having a net zero carbon footprint, refers to achieving net zero carbon emissions by balancing carbon dioxide released into the atmosphere from burning fossil fuels with renewable energy that creates a similar amount of useful energy (or just using all renewable energy sources like wind or solar power), or buying enough carbon credits to make up the difference.

CARBON NEUTRAL BRANDS: Quotable Cards, Whitelines

Chlorine Free

You might see a number of chlorine-related claims on paper products. The bottom line: The chlorine bleaching process produces tons of toxins that may disrupt our immune systems. If you’re looking for top-shelf eco-friendly paper products, you want to find the “100% chlorine free” claim, which means the virgin paper wasn’t bleached with chlorine at any point, or – even better – the “processed chlorine free” claim, which indicates that the recycled content wasn’t bleached with chlorine. In researching chlorine-free paper further, you’ll find the following chlorine-free related terms:

“Elemental chlorine free (ECF) is a technique that uses chlorine dioxide for the bleaching of wood pulp. It does not use elemental chlorine gas during the bleaching process and prevents the formation of dioxins and dioxin-like compounds, carcinogens. Totally chlorine free (TCF) is a technique that uses no chlorine compounds for the bleaching of wood pulp for paper production. This prevents the formation of dioxins, highly carcinogenic pollutants.” [Wikipedia]

Recycled Content

According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), paper labeled as “recycled” must be made from at least 30% post-consumer waste. That means that 30% has been used by a consumer, turned into a recycling program, and then reused to make new paper. Pre-consumer waste, on the other hand, uses paper materials that were discarded before they reached the consumer. A third term you don’t hear often is Mill Broke, which is paper trimmings and other scraps collected during the paper manufacturing process, and is recycled internally in a paper mill. While it’s good to use up that pre-consumer and mill broke waste, it’s even better to eliminate it from the paper production process altogether (since those are still using virgin paper), which means buying recycled paper with the highest post-consumer waste content that you can find is the most ideal situation. For example, Mudlark notecards are made with 80% post-consumer content and Quotable Cards boast 100% post consumer content, both very eco-friendly choices for writing that thank you note!

You might find paper products labeled with a “recycled content” or “contains recycled content” claim. In these cases, the product usually has less than 30% post-consumer waste or contains only pre-consumer waste. While it’s great to buy products that use any amount of recycled content, these paper options are on the low-end of the eco-friendly paper scale.

RECYCLED CONTENT BRANDS: Mudlark, Quotable Cards

Soy-Based Ink

Traditional ink is petroleum-based, so soy and vegetable based inks are a gentler alternative. Soy crops take considerably less impact on the environment, they are available in bright colors, and make the paper they are printed on easier to recycle. To make soy ink, soybean oil is slightly refined and then blended with pigment, resins, and waxes. Even though soybean oil is an edible vegetable oil, soy ink is not edible or 100% biodegradable because the pigments and other additives that are mixed with the oil are the same as those used in petroleum-based inks.

SOY-BASED INK BRANDS: Quotable CardsMudlark, Rite in the Rain

Sustainable Certifications

The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) and the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification schemes (PEFC) are both non-profit, non-governmental organizations that promote responsible forest management. Seals from these organizations indicate that paper has been approved in their certification processes. As is the case whenever multiple organizations provide the same function, there is significant debate over which certification is better; in North America, it seems the preference is for the FSC seal.

FSC Certified: The Forest Stewardship Council is an international non-profit promoting responsible forest management through its developed principles and wood tracking system. This logo identifies products that contain wood from responsibly managed forests that have been independently certified according to the rules of the FSC.

FSC CERTIFIED BRANDS: Moleskine, Rite in the Rain, Paperblanks

PEFC Certified: The Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification Schemes is an international non-profit that incorporates multiple national forest certifications intended to make the forest certification easier and more applicable to different types of forests.

PEFC CERTIFIED BRANDS: Rhodia, Clairefontaine, Exacompta

Tree-Free Fiber

A tree-free fiber claim on a paper product means that material was derived from a source other than trees. These tree-free options are usually a little more expensive but provide you with the most sustainable paper option over the product’s life cycle. The benefits of using non-wood sources are much more than just saving the world’s forests. Tree-free paper production processes are also more environmentally sound, requiring fewer chemicals and less energy. Traditionally, the plant sources of tree-free fibers regrow rapidly and the harvesting of the plants does not disrupt natural ecosystems (a perfect example is the lokta bush).

Tree-free paper comes from four main sources: Agricultural Residues (bamboo, straw, wheat, etc.), Fiber Crops (hemp, soybeans, etc.), Textiles (cotton, textile scraps), and Vegetable or Fruit Fiber (banana stalk, mango leaf, pineapple husk, etc.).  A notable fifth source has only recently been established – that of animal dung with PooPooPaper at the forefront.

TREE-FREE BRANDS: Nepali Lokta Paper, Lama Li, PooPooPaper

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Editor’s Note: The eco icons you see in this article are the exact logos you will see on products on EuropeanPaper.com – so you can clearly identify eco products to aid you in your green shopping! Check out the PooPooPaper Elephant Journal and Moleskine Classic Pocket Ruled Notebook for two examples. This eco-glossary includes content from Maggie Marton’s Guide to Recycled Paper, published here on European Paper Company’s Blog.

Monday Morning Review Round-up

19 Mar

Ink Reviews

Pocket Blonde: De Atramentis Australian Red

East, West, Everywhere: Ink Organization Part Deux: Cataloging

Notebook/Planner Reviews

Pencil Talk: Field Notes Brand vs. the office supply cabinet

A Penchant for Paper: Field Notes Memo Books

Pen/Pencil Reviews

Gourmet Pens: Pentel EnerGel Euro Black 0.5 mm Needle Point

Daydreamers Welcome: PaperMate InkJoy 300 RT 1.0mm

A Penchant for Paper: Uni-ball Signo DX 0.28mm Emerald Green

Ms. Logica: A Look at Lamy’s Interchangeable Nibs

PenInkCillin: Pilot Varsity and Noodler’s HoD revisited

Does This Pen Write: Change of Heart: Barnes & Noble Colored Pencils

Recording Thoughts: Uni Kuru Toga .5mm with Auto Rotate

 

Monday Morning Review Round-up

5 Mar

Ink Reviews

Rants of the Archer: J. Herbin Ambre de Birmanie

East, West, Everywhere: Postscript: Scabiosa and Poussiere de lune

Notebook/Planner Reviews

Gourmet Pens: Comparison: Large Brown Midori Traveler’s Notebook vs. Large Burnt Cognac Pelle Leather Journal & Mailbox Goodies: Pink Ikea Sketchbook

Plannerisms: Quo Vadis Executive weekly planner

Pen/Pencil Reviews

A Penchant for Paper: Pentel EnerGel 0.7mm Black

FPGeeks: Lamy AL-Star the Awesome Review

Multi Pen Dimensions: County Comm Embassy Pen (Rev. 2) Black & Tombow Egg Rollerball Matte Black

Does This Pen Make Me Look Fat: The Bexley Jitterbug!

Pocket Blonde: Lamy CP1

Rhonda Eudaly:  The Pilot Plumix – Medium Nib Beginner Fountain Pen & The Palomino Blackwing Wooden Pencil

No Pen Intended: Sharpie Liquid Pencil

Stamps

Your Postal Blog: Submarine Mail in New Mexico

Pen Thief: Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss!

 

Friday Blogger Tuck-ins

2 Mar

1 –>  Laurie at Plannerisms wrote a strongly worded post regarding the new trend in using Pinterest and why she adamantly is against it (and has requested all of her images to be removed from Pinterest). As more companies and individuals flock to the image-sharing site, she brings up a good conversation regarding privacy and copyright laws. What’s your take on it?

2 –> The Quo Vadis blog has some neat information (and time management tips) from Dr. FG Beltrami, “the founder of Quo Vadis and inventor of the Agenda planner with its one-week-on-two-pages layout” that you will want to read. Here’s Part 1 and Part 2.

3 –> TigerPens has a great post offering other writing instruments if you want a change, but don’t want a fountain pen particularly. Read it here.

4 –> As seen on This is Colossal “Love Is Making Its Way Back Home: A Stop Motion Animation Using 12,000 Sheets of Construction Paper.”

5 –> Looking for a penpal? Check out Julie’s blog Penpal of the Week – each week she posts another person looking for a penpal to help people connect!

6 –> Check out some of the pages being created within the Webbies for the Rhodia Journal Swap! Several have been passed to the next person, are you one of them?

7 –>  We love that the Guardian featured an article titled “Why I Love Stationery” by Lucy Mangan. Here is an excerpt:  “The right pen and the right paper brought into conjunction, runs the unspoken thought, cannot help but result in a sudden influx of bold, brilliant and original ideas, the germ of a bestselling novel that will in its turn be inscribed in another, perhaps larger notebook more worthy of the task, in sentences as creamy and beautiful as the pages on which they are written.” We’re just wondering why the image is of post-it notes on the author instead of … stationery, obviously.

8 –> Michael at Orange Crate Art shared this image originally “by the Illinois WPA Art Project for the WPA Statewide Library Project. Stamped March 25, 1941. From the Library of Congress’s online archive American Memory.”  We fell in love with it and just had to share. It’s time to whip out some books!


 

Monday Morning Review Round-up

27 Feb

Ink Reviews

East West Everywhere: Caran d’Ache SaffronSailor Jentle Grenade

PenInkCillin: Noodler’s Polar Green

Does This Pen Make Me Look Fat?: Noodler’s Ottoman Rose

Notebook/Planner Reviews

Notebook Stories: PH Notebook

Life Imitates Doodles: New Tangle Pattern Malacca & Review of the Moleskine Volant Journal

Well Appointed Desk: Moleskine Peanuts Weekly Planner + Notes

Pen/Pencil Reviews

Lost Scribe: Midori Brass Ballpoint Pen

Grease Monkey Hands: Namiki Prera

Recording Thoughts: Cross Townsend

Pens & Paper: Parker Slimfold Pen

Well-Appointed Desk: Modern Budget Fountain PensThe Hunt Continues ..

FPGeeks: Lamy Safari Fountain Pen

Daydreamers Welcome: Zebra Sarasa Clip 0.3mm

Pencil Talk: Red and Blue pencils from Berol México, Caran d’Ache, and LinexMitsubishi NanoDia pencil

Blackwing: No Ordinary Pencil

Stamp Reviews

Your Postal Blog: Post Office Landing & Grand Canyon State

 

A Guide to Recycled Paper

23 Feb

There was a time when recycled paper came in two hues: washed-out gray and off-yellow. Now, recycled paper is available in a rainbow of colors, a range of materials, and even with custom printing options. But not all recycled paper is created equal!

Buying recycled paper reduces the amount of waste ending up in the landfill. It also saves energy – recycled paper uses much less energy to produce – and recycling causes less air and water pollution than manufacturing “virgin” paper. However, make sure you’re getting the biggest environmentally friendly bang for your buck. Keep in mind a few recycled paper definitions that will help you choose the most eco-friendly option whether you’re buying journals, stationery, or even office supplies!

Post-Consumer Waste vs. Pre-Consumer Waste

According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), recycled paper must be made from at least 30% post-consumer waste. That means that 30% has been used by a consumer, turned into a recycling program, and then reused to make new paper. Pre-consumer waste, on the other hand, uses scraps left over from the paper manufacturing process. While it’s good to use up that waste, it’s even better to eliminate it from the paper production process altogether, which means buying paper with the highest post-consumer waste content that you can find. For example, the Mudlark notecards boast 80% post-consumer waste, a very eco-friendly choice for writing that thank you note!

Recycled Content

You might find paper products labeled with a “recycled content” or “contains recycled content” claim. In these cases, the product has less than 30% post-consumer waste or contains only pre-consumer waste. While it’s great to buy products that use any amount of recycled content, these paper options are on the low end of the eco-friendly paper scale.

Chlorine Free

You might see a number of chlorine-related claims on paper products. The bottom line: The chlorine bleaching process produces tons of toxins that may disrupt our immune systems. If you’re looking for top-shelf eco-friendly paper products, you want to find the “100% chlorine free” claim, which means the virgin paper wasn’t bleached with chlorine at any point, or – even better – the “processed chlorine free” claim, which indicates that the recycled content wasn’t bleached with chlorine.

Acid Free

Acid-free paper production neutralizes the acids that occur in wood pulp to create longer-lasting paper that won’t yellow over time. The paper itself can last from 500 to 1,000 years, which has made it appealing to archivists and scrapbookers, but that long-lasting feature has made it a subject of numerous eco-debates. However, the process to make the paper is significantly more environmentally friendly than the process to produce standard paper. So don’t choose paper simply because it’s acid free; choose a paper that is environmentally responsible in some other way and is acid-free.

Tree-Free Fiber

A tree-free fiber claim on a paper product means that material was derived from a source other than trees. These tree-free options are usually a little more expensive but provide you with the most sustainable paper option. Tree-free fibers include animal poop, hemp, textile scraps, sugar cane husks, and more. Check out the Cherry Blossoms Large Lokta Journal or the Poo Poo Paper Elephant Silhouette Journal for tree-free fiber options.

Sustainable Certifications

The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) and the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification schemes (PEFC) are both non-profit, non-governmental organizations that promote responsible forest management. Seals from these organizations indicate that paper has been approved in their certification processes. As is the case whenever multiple organizations provide the same function, there is significant debate over which certification is better; in North America, it seems the preference is for the FSC seal.

Finally, to score more eco-friendly points, look for recycled paper that is printed with soy-based ink. Traditional ink is petroleum-based, so soy is a gentler alternative.


Monday Morning Review Round-up

20 Feb

Ink Reviews

Gourmet Pens: De Atramentis Wine Series Scented Merlot Ink

Peninkcillin: Noodler’s Kung Te-Cheng ink review

Peaceable Writer: Writing Down the Ink: A Daily Blue

Seize the Dave: Rohrer and Klingner Scabiosa

Notebook/Planner Reviews

Stationery Review: Behance “Action Book”

Life Imitates Doodles: Bleedthrumanade in Moleskine & Review of the Moleskine Squared Notebook

Pen/Pencil Reviews

FPGeeks: Noodler’s Ahab Flex Fountain Pen

A Penchant for Paper: Stabilo Pen 68

East, West, Everywhere: Pilot Hi-Tec-C Coleto

From the Pen Cup: Fisher Space Pen

Lost Scribe: Smencil, the gourmet scented pencil

The Pen Thief: Zebra Makes a Fountain Pen

Quo Vadis Blog: Fisher Space Pen

Rhonda Eudaly: The Pentel Tradio Stylo Fountain Pen

Stationery Review: Crayola Twistables Crayons

Tiger Pens: Artline 204 FaxBlac 0.4mm Review

No Pen Intended: Schrade Tactical Fountain Pen / Rollerball Pen

Stamps

The Pen Thief: Danny Thomas

Letter Writers Alliance: Love Stamp Release

 

New Brands on the Horizon

15 Feb

We’re opening the doors wide and are looking into all kinds of new brands to bring onto EuropeanPaper.com. We want to know what YOU are dying to get your hands on. Choose one or more of the brands listed, or add another we haven’t thought of – all are welcome!

 

Monday Morning Review Round-up

13 Feb

Notebook/Planner Reviews

Gourmet Pens: Miquelrius Red Soft Bound Journal

Plannerisms: Holborn Zip personal size Filofax

Stationery Review: Typo 2012 Calendars – 15cm X 15cm

Pen/Pencil Reviews

Peninkcillin: Cheap Nib Flossing Tool

From the Pen Cup: Zebra Surari 4-Color Emulsion Ink Multi Pen

Well-Appointed Desk: Zig Letter Pen Cocoiro & Uni Style Fit

Stationery Review: Papermate Kilometrico i-Colours

No Pen Intended: Zebra Arbez Piirto Ballpoint Pen

FPGeeks: Aurora 88 Large Fountain Pen

Pens, Paper, Whatever: Featured Pen – Waterman 42 Safety

Pocket Blonde: Kaweco Classic Sport Ballpoint Pen

Multi-Pen Dimensions: Muji Gel Ink Ballpoint Pen Hexagona

 

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