Whiteboard notebooks vs old school paper notebooks
What is the environmental impact of whiteboard notebooks compared to old school paper notebooks? In this blog we provide you some data about paper use. Because you can only use a piece of paper once, it is quite straightforward to calculate the impact of paper use. The impact of our erasable notebooks, however, depends on how long and how intensively you use them.
A standard GreenBook has got only ten erasable pages. This is, of course, because you can reuse them. Ten pages is a lot less than a typical notebook with about two hundred paper pages. Green plastic is used deliberately in the production of GreenBook and GreenPad. Since the pages are reusable, it is important that the cover and rings last just as long as the pages. With previous cardboard covers, we noticed that they started to wear out after a while. Scratches appeared and the edges crumpled. That is not the case with our current solid plastic covers. We also package your order in recycled unbleached paper, so no disposable plastic.
In Europe we use an average of 160 kilos of paper per person per year (source: wikibooks). The production costs 4200 liters of water, 3 trees, 260 liters of oil and 640 kilowatts of energy (converted with the figures from The Guardian). For the production of erasable notebooks, no trees are felled and virtually no water is used.