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.


Paper can be recycled about five or six times, with its quality reducing every time. This requires a lot of energy, not only for the recycling process itself, but also for the logistics that come along with it. Furthermore, when recycling paper, water is polluted and halogens and bleachers are often added to make the paper look whiter.
The reuse of an erasable page does not have an additional environmental impact, while the recycling of paper does.
Paper is a finite product, a whiteboard notebook is a circular product. This does not mean that it is infinite: rather, it means that the product is meant to be used during years and that all parts are recyclable. All our notebooks may be disposed of with other plastic waste. Then, new whiteboard notebooks can be made.
Greenstory works with a Roadmap to improve our sustainability every year. Our objectives and milestones can be found on the Impact page.

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