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The Best Eco-Friendly Stationery For A Sustainable Home Office

Are you looking for sustainable and eco-friendly stationery and office supplies? Here’s my guide to supplies, including notebooks, folders, pens, printer paper, and more.

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Are you one of many who are still working from home? My partner and I are both still working from home, with my partner looking like he might be working from home on a permanent basis. I work in my home under stairs office, and to be honest, I’m not complaining.

Regardless of your setup, the chances are you are reading this page because you are looking to green your home office supplies. Well, the good news is that I have a heap of eco-friendly stationery and office supplies suggestions for you, to make that work-from-home life more sustainable.

The Best Eco-Friendly Stationery And Office Supplies

A home office set up with a white desk and gold lamp, and the caption "guide to eco-friendly stationery and home office supplies".

Here are my top picks for green stationery for your eco-friendly home office. I’ve prioritised reusable products, products made from recycled materials, and products that are fully recyclable and/or compostable at the end of their life to help green your working day.

Eco-Friendly Notebooks

Concerned about paper waste? Enter Wipebook**, who seek to make stationery more sustainable through their clever reusable notebooks.

Wipebooks are paper notebooks that erase just like your own personal and portable whiteboard. With multiple sheets in a book, you aren’t limited to just one page. Meanwhile, their small size allows you to bring them anywhere.

Whether you are taking notes in a meeting, working out problems, or sketching down ideas, the Wipebook is a great solution for an eco-friendly home office. Once you’ve typed up your notes, simply erase them and start again, without any waste.

For notes or doodles that you don’t want to erase, then Wipebook has thought of that. The free Wipebook Scan App saves your work and uploads it to your favorite cloud service. This includes services like Google Drive, Evernote, Dropbox, and Onedrive, so you don’t lose your work.

Buy directly from Wipebook**, with notebooks starting at around £25. Use the exclusive discount code moral20 at the checkout for 20% off your first Wipebook purchase! 

Eco-Friendly Folders, Ring Binders and Stationery Storage

Paperchase kraft collection

For many of us, we’re not quite at the paperless office yet. There are still documents and bits of paper that need to be filled away for future reference.

For eco-friendly folders and ring binders, and other types of paper storage, then I’m a long-standing fan of the Paperchase Kraft Collection*. If you take a peek at my home office, you’ll see I’ve got a few of their folders on my shelf. I purchased these quite some years ago and they are still going strong.

All of Paperchase’s kraft collection is made from kraft paper, sourced from FSC approved suppliers. These eco-friendly stationery products come at an affordable price point and can easily be recycled at the end of their life.

Buy Paperchase’s Kraft Collection* directly from Paperchase, starting from £2.

Printer Paper

recycled printer paper

Talking of paper, if you need to print out documents then do consider shifting away from standard printer paper, to using recycled printer paper.

Xerox’s 80 gsm recycled printer paper is made from 100% recycled paper. Unlike some recycled paper, this has been processed without bleaching and it is free from chemically derived optical brightening agents. And for that extra sustainable touch, the reams of paper have been wrapped and packed in recycled material.

Granted, this paper is not bright white. It does have more of a beige tone to it. However, unless you are a graphic designer looking to proof design work, then it hopefully shouldn’t be a dealbreaker for you.

I’m working on finding eco-friendly printer ink, so I’ll be sure to update this article when I find some that I recommend.

Buy Xerox recycled printer paper from Ryman or from Amazon*. Try as I might, I have not yet been able to find an ethical supplier of recycled printer paper. I’ll update here when I hit the jackpot!

Eco-Friendly Pens

pack of two eco-friendly pens for your stationery collection.

When it comes to eco-friendly stationery, it’s challenging to find a truly sustainable pen, because like in many areas of life, none on the market are perfectly sustainable.

Having tried using fountain pens, let’s just say I can see why the world moved on to ballpoint pens. There’s definitely a learning curve associated with fountain pens. I have to say I just never mastered it. I would say, if you are new to refillable fountain pens, then the best option is to try a secondhand one from somewhere like eBay, to see if it could be an option for you.

If you don’t want inky fingers, I quite like these VENT for Change pens* from &Keep. These are made from recycled plastic and can be recycled again.

They also have a charitable aspect. VENT for Change supports children’s education projects around the world.  This means that proceeds from every VENT product sold go towards global education projects getting children back into school.

Buy VENT for Change pens from &Keep* for £3.95.

Plastic-Free Tape

four rolls of plastic-free sellotape

Once your regular plastic-based tape runs out, then may I recommend upgrading to plastic-free paper tape. It’s just as effective as regular plastic tape, but it is fully recyclable and home compostable.

This fancy floral print paper tape* is £5.75 from The Ethical Home Shop. But if floral is not your thing, then you can find lots of other patterns or just plain brown tape on Etsy*.

Buy paper tape from Etsy* from £0.99.

Eco-Friendly Highlighter Pens

a box of four plastic-free highlighter pencils for your eco friendly stationery collection.

Highlighter pens have also had an eco-friendly makeover, so you can now add them to your sustainable stationery collection.

Instead of the plastic pens of old, these jumbo highlighter pencils are made from wood. This means the shavings and stubs can be fully composted. What’s more, they won’t bleed through thin pages, leak, or dry out, making them much more durable.

Each box contains a pink, orange, yellow, and green highlighter pencil, packaged in a plastic-free box.

Buy a pack of 4 highlighter pencils from Etsy* for £5.99.

Have I missed anything crucial to your home office needs? Let me know and I’ll see what I can find!

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Tips To Improve Indoor Air Quality In Your Home | AD

This post on tips to improve indoor air quality in your home is paid-for content in association with brivv.

When we think of air pollution, we tend to think of the air outdoors. We don’t often give the air quality inside our homes a second thought. 

However, with reports suggesting that the air quality inside our homes can often be two to five times worse than outdoors, it’s definitely an issue worth paying attention to.

Particularly so, over the last two years, when we have all spent more time indoors than possibly ever before, indoor air pollution is something we should all be considering.

How to Improve Indoor Air Quality

Image of a stylish air filter beside a bed with a blue text box that says five ways to improve indoor air quality in your home  - AD.

If you are looking to take action, then here are my five top tips to tangibly improve the air quality in your home both today and in the mid to long term.

1. Add Houseplants

Plants are an easy and cost-effective way to improve indoor air quality. 

One particularly famous NASA study from the 1980s found that several common houseplants may remove carcinogenic air-borne chemicals, such as benzene and formaldehyde from the air.  These included the Peace Lily, Mother In Law’s Tongue, Ficus, Marginata, Gerbera, and Bamboo Palm.

Later research by scientists in 2004 also supported NASA’s findings. Their studies additionally indicated that micro-organisms in the soil of houseplants can help to purify the air too. So, add a plant, and breathe a little easier.

3. Invest In An Air Filter To Improve Indoor Air Quality

brivv air filter

Air filters can be a great way to improve your indoor air quality. However, think carefully about which filter you buy. With conventional air filters, the filter needs to be replaced every 6-8 months. Standard air filters generally cannot be recycled. As such, each year 6000 tonnes of HEPA filters are sent to landfill each year.

The brivv air filter is different. Using 90% natural and renewable materials, briiv is the most sustainable air filter there is right now. Using three fully biodegradable filters, briiv uses the natural micro-structures of sustainably sourced moss, coconut, carbon, and silk to filter air and improve your indoor air quality. In fact, brivv says that one brivv air filter is equal to having 3,043 medium-sized houseplants in your home.

The brivv air filter captures pollen, allergens, bacteria, mould spores, harmful fine dust, and VOCs, quickly, quietly, and in an energy-efficient manner. In fact, brivv has calculated that it costs just £2.02 per year to run.

brivv natural air filter

briiv also uses fewer plastics than any other air purifier on the market. There is also significantly less waste when it comes to changing the filter. The moss and coconut coir can be composted, and it is just a small mesh matrix filter that goes in your household bin.

I was sent a brivv air filter to test for a couple of weeks and I have to say I am impressed. It looks incredibly stylish – looking more like a glass terrarium than a piece of technology. It’s also much lower maintenance than a house plant – the moss does not need watering!

I’ve noticed that cooking smells and odours from burning candles don’t linger as long as they used to, and rooms feel incredibly fresh. Where the brivv has been running, entering the room feels like walking into a room that has had the window open all day.

And while plant-based, it certainly isn’t low tech. You can control your brivv from your smartphone, so you can have it running at your preferred setting before you even get home. Clever!

2. Consider Your Use of Paint

The paint you use when decorating your home can really impact your indoor air quality. This is because many paints, particularly latex-based paints off-gas volatile organic compounds (VOCs) for around three to five years. In some cases, they can off-gas for up to 10 years. 

These VOCs are present in paint to improve how well it adheres to walls, decrease dry time, and keep your walls looking fresh. Therefore, the next time you are decorating, opt for low or zero-VOC paint to help reduce any indoor air pollution.

4. Switch to Natural Cleaning Products

homemade cleaning products to improve indoor air quality

Not on board with using natural cleaning products yet? Well, researchers have found that cleaning your home with conventional cleaning products may be as bad for your health as smoking 20 cigarettes a day. This is because many conventional cleaning products give off VOCs that linger in the air that we breathe.

Making your own natural cleaning products is one easy yet effective way to improve the indoor air quality in your home.

If you don’t want to make your own cleaning products, you can buy planet (and lung) friendly cleaning products. Check out my guide to the best eco-friendly cleaning products.

5. Switch to an Electric Hob

As well as cooking your dinner, burning your gas hob also generates toxic pollutants in our homes, including nitrogen oxides. According to an article in the Guardian, gas hobs produce air pollution levels indoors that would be illegal outdoors and can lead to an increased risk of asthma.

If your hob breaks, or when you are next upgrading your kitchen, consider switching to an electric hob. We’ve switched to an electric induction hob, which is much more energy-efficient than gas and doesn’t negatively impact our indoor air quality. I never thought I’d be a convert to cooking on an electric hob, but it’s a much better cooking experience, and contributes to cleaner air in our home.