Environmentally Friendly Stationery:

This post was requested a little while ago so I’ve been doing some research to bring you some information about where you can get some environmentally friendly stationery.

Eco Pens : Earth Friendly Pens:

They have a good range of pens, made from a range of materials including recycled bottles, cardboard, and bamboo.


A really great range of recycled paper products and pens/pencils. They have files, office organisers (e.g. pen pots), envelopes, and packing materials.

Nigel’s Eco Store:

They say, “Add a touch of eco friendly low carbon technology to your school and office with these things to help you be more sustainable and environmentally-friendly: recycled papera stapleless staplerwater powered calculatorssolar phone chargersUSB rechargeable batteries, recycled stationery, sustainable storage solutions and computer energy savers that combine technology with sustainability. Get ready for the new school year with recycled and FSC certified eco friendly stationery: pens, pencils, notepads and pencil cases, and organic school wear.”

They have a money back guarantee and free delivery on orders over £50. There are fineliners, permanent markers, and coloured pencils; they seem to have the widest range that I’ve seen.

Eco-Friendly Pens:

Their website says:

Pens made from recycled plastic, recycled paper, corn & vegetable derivative bioplastic, wood and more… your choices for a logo eco pen have never been this good. Eco pens are priced competitively with traditional pens. We are featuring over 50 earth friendly pens- one of them is right for your next trade show, job fair or event. Budget pleasing prices from under $0.50 each to over $8.00 a pen means there is no reason not to “go green”. 

They also sell recycled mechanical pencils (something that I personally haven’t seen before). There are a range of recycled paper notebooks, as well. There are even some notebooks available that are made from stone so they have no wood pulp and are recyclable and photodegradable. You can see these notebooks in particular here. However, it looks like they might only come in industrial boxes (e.g. 100 in a box).


There are retractable, and cardboard stick pens available here. Their prices seem very reasonable.


We all know about this, the paper products made from poo. The site says, “POOPOOPAPER™ products are handcrafted, natural, tree-free, recycled, upcycled, odorless (of course), functional, memorable, unique paper and stationery products.” If you’re interested, the poo “comes from a variety of different fiber-eating vegetarian animals such as elephants, cows, horses, moose, pandas, donkeys and others - all of which eat a lot, poo a lot and generate a plenty of fiber-filled waste material which serves as the base of our pulp mixture from which we craft our papers.” It looks like their products are available internationally (which not all of these shops are). It lets you shop by the item (e.g. notebooks or journals) or by the type of poo (e.g. panda or elephant).

The Ultimate Green Store:

Another wide range of products, including sticky notes (which I didn’t see on any of the other sites). Some of the items appear to be sold individually, while other items, like pens and pencils are sold in bulk and are thus expensive.

this earth is so precious and yet humans seem to take and take from it everyday. i have heard that people are “determining” when the human race will die off or no longer be able to inhabit our planet because we don’t take care of it. it is our job to take care of the world we were given to live in and not destroy it. today is World Environment Day and we should try to do whatever it takes to save our planet. if you see trash, pick it up, don’t waste resources and be environmentally friendly. love our planet, it is the only place we have to live right now.

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Something New Grows on Trees: Biodegradable Chips for Electronics

It was just a couple of weeks ago when we featured nanocellulose, a natural supermaterial derived from plants that is getting ready for the spotlight. Researchers are looking at it for durable, transparent composites because of its strength. Others are investigating its use in applications from biocompatible implants and flexible displays and solar panels to better bioplastics, cosmetics and concrete.

Now we hear from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Products Laboratory that scientists have demonstrated a new product for the nanoscopic fibers of cellulose, a carbohydrate that gives structure to plant cell walls. Turning the material into a film, they’ve been able to produce high-performance computer chips made almost entirely of wood.

By replacing the semiconducting foundation of modern chips with biodegradable nanocellulose, electronics could become significantly less of an environmental burden when they are discarded.

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“Dear Future Generations: Sorry,” Prince Ea.

In the clip, he began his apology to future generations and asked for forgiveness. He explained, “I think I speak for the rest of us when I say, sorry.”

During his apology, he stood in the “Amazon Desert,” where he said there once was a luscious rainforest with billions of trees. He explained why they were and still are beneficial…

He said, “We cut them [the trees] down with brutal machines. Horrific, at a rate of 40 football fields every minute, that’s 50% of all the trees in the world gone in the last 100 years.”

“Because whatever you’re fighting for — racism or poverty, feminism, gay rights, or any type of equality — it won’t matter in the least, because if we don’t all work together to save the environment, we will be equally extinct. Sorry.”

And according to Prince Ea, our mistakes aren’t just in the trees.

To Directly fight the Desctruction, go to http://www.standfortrees.org

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So far, the benefits of being vegan:

1. Super cheap. Without needing to buy eggs and cheese and a bunch of packaged/processed foods with junk in it, my grocery bill has been cut in half. Literally. Also, since there are fewer restaurant options, I’m kind of forced to just cook my own food. Which leads me to the next benefit

2. I know exactly what’s in my food. I put it there, so I know what’s in it. I also read labels like crazy now, and so even with the packaged stuff I do buy, I know what’s in it.

3. I just feel better in general. I don’t “feel fat” as often anymore, I feel better about my body. I also have been drinking a lot more water. Not that most drinks aren’t vegan, but healthier eating generally comes with healthier drinking, too.

4. My skin looks awesome. I don’t know where the myth that vegans have “gray-looking” skin came from but (for me at least) it seems to be largely untrue. 

5. We have less trash. We eat a lot of fruits and veggies, so most of the stuff that we buy, even if it’s in packaging, it can be either composted or recycled.

6. Not only is it pro-Green and pro-animal, it’s also pro-human. I know where 99% of my food comes from, and because a lot of it is vegetables, I can just get my veggies at the local farmer’s market and meet the people themselves. I feel like there’s a lot of anonymity that comes with the dairy / meat industry that people don’t think about (I certainly didn’t…) and at this point it’s just something that has been mostly taken out of the equation 

Sorry if this sounds like I’ve been turned into a dirty hippie, but I am just really excited about this life change, and I really wanted to share my experience so far with the internet :) I didn’t think I could do it, even though the last step was just giving up cheese; now I don’t even really think about it. 

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A former Tesla executive is about to revolutionize public transportation with electric-powered buses

Ryan Popple began working at Tesla Motors as a senior finance analyst in late 2007, back when the company faced a financial crisis. Tesla’s first vehicle, The Roadster, sold for far less than the manufacturing cost of the car, according to Bloomberg, and to keep the company out of bankruptcy, a small team including Popple spent several months bargaining with parts makers to bring down the cost. Eventually the manufacturing cost was low enough to keep the company afloat.

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Lush is a cosmetics retailer that was founded in 1995 in England. The brand claims to engage only in products that are:
- 100% vegetarian
- reject animal testing (does not buy from companies that fund/carry out animal testing, tests on human volunteers instead)
- 83% vegan (some are entirely vegan and labeled as such, however some contain beeswax, milk, eggs, honey, or lanolin)
- approx. 60% preservative free.

They work with natural products where possible, taking care to create an all-round conscientious image, which involves recycling and taking back of empty LUSH containers as well as selective product use (fair trade bananas, etc.). Many of the products are sold “naked”, and simply wrapped in thin paper on purchase for transport and hygiene reasons.  

 Lush has also phased out its use of sodium palm kernelate, which is derived from trees in the natural habitat of orangutans. Since 2008, all Lush soaps have been made with palm-free soap base, and they have since removed all traces of palm oil from the products.

Lush has created a product called ‘Charity Pot’, a hand and body lotion that ensures that 100% of all proceeds of these 'Charity Pots’ go to charitable organizations that Lush supports. 'Charity Pots’ support areas of environmental conservation, animal welfare, and human rights.

Lush produces and sells a variety of products, including:

- soaps
- shower gels
- shampoos
- hair conditioners
- bath bombs 
- bubble bars
- face masks
- hand/body lotions
- make up
- perfumes  

If You Ever Want to Buy a Car and Care About the Environment, Read This

Even though we’re not as reliant on cars as previous generations, most of us still use one on a regular basis: according to data from the the Urban Land Institute, 90 percent of Millennials use a car at least once a week. So given this reality, what are the best options for those of us who have to drive, but still want to protect the environment and minimize our impact on the earth?