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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!

Health & Beauty, Life & Style

Everything You Need To Know About Period Pants (But Were Afraid To Ask)

Intrigued by the idea of period pants but just don’t know if they are for you? I’ve got you covered with this guide on everything you need to know about period pants, including the questions you were just too afraid to ask, and the best period pants available in the UK right now.

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Period waste is on the rise. An estimated 200,000 tonnes of sanitary products are estimated to end up in landfill in the UK each year. And, even more depressingly, sanitary products are the fifth most common item found on Europe’s beaches. This makes sanitary product beach waste more widespread than single-use coffee cups, cutlery, or straws.

With each pack of disposable sanitary towels containing as much plastic as the equivalent of 5 plastic carrier bags, it certainly makes environmental sense to ditch the disposables and try reusables where possible.

However, eco-friendly period products aren’t always the most accessible in terms of usage. Menstrual cups, for example, certainly don’t work for everyone, or suit everyone. Period pants are easier to use. However, with a pair of period pants costing upward of £12, these kinds of pants can be a pricey investment, and you’ll want to do your research before taking the plunge.

Everything You Wanted to Know About Period Pants

Image of four people wearing wuka period pants, with a blue text box that says everything you need to know about period pants but were afraid to ask.
Image used c/o Wuka

With that in mind here is almost everything you might want to know about period pants. I’ve been using mine for over three years now, so feel well qualified to take on your concerns.

What Are Period Pants?

Firstly, just what are period pants exactly? Periods pants are essentially absorbent pants that you wear when you have your period. The specially constructed gusset wicks away the blood and locks it away in between the layers of absorbent and leakproof fabric. I guess the best way to describe them would be the eco-friendly love child of a really comfortable sanitary towel and a pair of regular pants!

How To Use Period Pants

Unlike menstrual cups where the learning curve can be steep, I was delighted to find there is absolutely no learning curve when it comes to using period pants. When you have your period, simply put on a pair of period pants in place of your normal underwear, and then wear your regular clothes on top. That’s all there is to it – all that’s left is to get on with your day.

Are They Comfortable To Wear?

I personally have found period pants to be the most comfortable reusable menstrual product that I’ve tried.

Unlike standard sanitary towels, period pants do not rub or rustle. Nor do they feel like you are wearing plastic anywhere near you. In fact, they feel a lot more breathable than standard sanitary towels. They don’t feel bulky either – I promise it does not feel like you are wearing a nappy.

In particular, I love wearing mine at night. They don’t move about or ride up, so there is much less chance of leakage. And unlike standard sanitary towels, there is no chance of getting your pubic hair caught on the plastic tabs.

As such, I find it so much more comfortable than other sanitary options that can rub or chaff, or move and cause leakage.

How Long Can You Wear Them For?

In terms of how long you can wear period pants, I’m afraid there’s no real exact science. It all depends on the pants you have, how heavy your periods are, and where you are in your menstrual flow cycle.

When you are wearing your pants, they should feel dry as the absorbent core works its magic. You’ll know when it is time to change your period pants if you notice a wet, heavy, or full feeling. I’d suggest wearing them for no more than 12 hours, for hygiene reasons.

Can Period Pants Last All Day Or All Night?

sleep and period pants

Like the last question, it does really depend on a few different factors. I personally can wear mine all night. And certainly, at the start and end of my period, I could wear a clean pair all day. In the middle of my cycle, I find it more comfortable to change my pants at least once a day. Within one or two cycles, you’ll work out what works best for you.

Can Period Pants Work For Very Heavy Periods?

If you have very heavy periods then I would recommend buying a pair of pants specifically designed for a very heavy flow. Wuka, for example, offers super heavy flow pants*, that they say hold 12 regular tampons worth of flow. I would then suggest trying your period pants for the first time when you know you are going to be at home, to see how they handle your flow.

The other option for very heavy periods is to consider supplementing your pants with a menstrual cup or a sanitary towel – depending on your preferences. It could offer you extra peace of mind, and allow you get to get on your day without worrying about leakages.

Do They Ever Leak?

Personally, I’ve not had any leaks.  They are pretty tight (but not uncomfortably so) so do prevent leaks and are really very absorbent.  I would say that period pants are more absorbent than a standard sanitary towel, and as they don’t move about, are much less likely to leak. However, as with any period product, there is always the risk of leakage.

If you’re not sure about using a pair overnight, you could put a towel down on your bed during the heaviest days of your flow, to see how you get on.

Do They Feel Sticky or Wet When You Are Wearing Them?

My period pants never feel sticky or wet when I’m wearing them unless I’ve been wearing them too long and it’s time to change them. I swear it is some kind of magic. They seem to draw fluids away quickly and dry quickly.

Do The Pants Smell?

Because period pants lock the blood away in the core, then there is no smell associated with them.

Do They Absorb Clots?

Wearing period pants is similar to wearing a sanitary towel in this respect. They don’t absorb clots – you see them on the crotch of your pants when you go to the bathroom. When that happens you can just wipe it off with toilet paper. It’s no big deal.

Would They Work After Having A Baby?

It’s been a little while since I had my last baby (6 years ago), and those early days are a bit of sleep-deprived haze. From what I recall from the early days, you would probably want something specialist for at least the first week or two, before switching to period pants. I’m not too sure how it would work with caesarean sections.

I’ll update this section once I know more about both questions. If you used period pants post-birth, do feel free to let me know your experiences – either via email or in the comments below.

What About For Exercise?

Whilst you may not feel like doing any exercise on your period, which I think is totally valid, would you believe that some people do wish to exercise?

If you fall into the latter camp, then period pants are my favourite period product to exercise in. They don’t budge, so don’t rub or chaff, and are incredibly comfortable. They are also helpful if you have a little stress incontinence. I’ve found that the button on reusable sanitary towels can be a little uncomfortable when you are riding a bike – with period pants you don’t get that.

Which Are The Best Period Pants?

period pants from wuka

The best period pants I’ve found in the UK are from Wuka* (pictured above). This inclusive brand offers pants catering for 4 different flow rates – from light to super heavy. What’s more, their period pants cater for UK sizes 4 through to 28, in various different styles to suit your needs best. Prices start from £12.

I have only tried Wuka pants. However, there are other UK period pants brands or sellers, that I’ve heard good things about. These include:

  • Modibodi* – these period pants come in UK sizes 4 to 26, in many different styles, and varying absorbencies, from around £18. Whilst I haven’t tried them, I’ve heard only good things about these pants.
  • Marks & Spencer* – Marks & Spencer now offer period pants, coming in UK sizes 6 to 28. They come in three different styles and different absorbencies, and cost £12. The best part is that M&S often run promotions on their period pants. Right now you can buy 3 pairs of period pants and get the 4th free. I haven’t tried these pants, and haven’t heard much about them, so I’d recommend reading customer reviews before trying.

How Many Pairs Do I Need?

I think it all depends on how you plan on using them. If you have heavy periods and plan on using period pants as a backup in case of leakages of your menstrual cup, tampon, or sanitary towel, then you’ll probably only need one or two pairs.

If you plan on using period pants full time during your period, then it depends on how heavy your flow is, how long your usual cycle is, and how often you do laundry. Around five pairs works for me, but in a four-family household, my washing machine is in use at least every other day.

In terms of buying them, I didn’t buy five pairs of pants in one go. I bought a pair at a time when it was affordable for me to do so, using other types of period products when my pants were in the wash.

How Do You Wash Them?

Washing period pants is really easy. Simply rinse them with cold water, then toss them right into the washing machine with a dark load. Alternatively, store them in a wet bag until it’s time to put the washing machine on. You can wash them on a normal wash cycle, and then dry them on your washing line or by hanging them to dry indoors.

There is only a couple of no-no’s when it comes to washing them. Don’t use conventional fabric conditioner, as this can affect their absorbency. And never tumble dry them, as heat doesn’t agree with them.

If you don’t run your washing machine as often as I need to, then you can hand wash them. Just add some warm water to your sink and wash them with a little bit of laundry detergent or soap, before rinsing, wringing, and hanging up to dry.

What Do You Do At Work Or When You Are Out?

This is the area where I feel that period pants do lose their shine a little. Depending on what you are wearing, it’s not a quick and easy job to change your pants.

You need to carry a clean pair of pants in your bag, inside a wet bag. Then you remove whatever you are wearing on your bottom half, before changing your pants, and getting dressed again. It can be tricky doing that in a public toilet cubicle!

If you are wondering what to do with the used pair of pants, don’t worry. You can pop the used pair inside a wet bag, and then wash it when you get home.

If you are new to wet bags, these are waterproof and washable bags that are designed to carry used reusable sanitary protection or reusable nappies. Wet bags do come in many discreet designs, so the good news is that they don’t scream that you are about to go and change your pants.

Any Other Questions?

Got any other questions? Leave a comment below or drop me an email and I’ll be sure to add them to this post.

And period pants not for you? Check out my guide to eco-friendly period products for other suggestions which might suit you better.