If you’re anything like me you’ll have a notebook in every room. There’s nothing worse than having a brilliant idea in the bedroom only to forget it before you’ve scuttled downstairs to the living room, where you’ve left your pad and pen.
Anyone who’s into ethical shopping appreciates the flood of delicious options made from sustainable materials. Just because they’re worthy and responsible it doesn’t mean they’re dull. Once upon a time recycled paper was the poor cousin. But the huge rise in demand over the past few years has made today’s recycled papers and cards indistinguishable from quality non-recycled materials.
The Eden Project, in Cornwall, is one of the county’s most popular tourist attractions as well as a treasure trove of fantastic plant life. And their funky range of recycled paper notebooks, sketch books and ring binders are a case in point.
Originally designed by the Cornish Designer Ley Roberts for the Eden Project, they’re quirky and colourful, perfect for any room in the house… including the bathroom if you’re prone to having your best ideas immersed in a lovely hot bath! But they’re more than just a pretty face. As well as looking good enough to eat, 5% of the sale price of Eden Project designs goes back to the Eden Project charity itself. So when you buy you’re contributing to the organisation’s educational programme, conservation efforts and vital research into a sustainable future.
There’s a handy A5 hardback linen covered notebook, the ideal bedside, project, travel or cook’s notebook. There’s a version with an elastic strap to keep things neat and tidy, with a nifty mix of lined, plain and squared paper. Plus A4 versions, great for kids and budding artists, light enough to carry comfortably just in case inspiration strikes outdoors. Some people carry a notebook in their handbag or briefcase. Others are so amazingly organised they keep an A5 notebook and pen in every handbag they own, just in case. If you’re a real human ideas factory, you might need one in your car too!
In line with the Eden Project’s ethics, all their paper products are printed in Cornwall so have a nice, low footprint. And they always use 100% recycled paper.
Of course you could always use your smartphone to ‘jot’ ideas down. But there are so many beautiful notebooks around, it’s a shame not to take interior design advantage and make them an integral part of your home’s look and feel. And an essential part of your kit whenever you leave the house!