How green is your desk? I think workplaces can be one of the most wasteful places to frequent – simple tasks such as sorting waste can be a chore for larger teams, and easy to forget at home.
Fortunately, this means little changes can have a big impact. Instead of repeating my simple tips to be greener, I’ve decided to focus on sourcing eco-friendly and ethically-made stationery, that looks good and tells a positive story too.
Find Your Stationery Style
My first foray into eco-friendly stationery was at my favourite high-street stationers, Paperchase. This was a few years ago now, but I still pop in for the occasional recycled notepad or binder. They stock a good selection of brown paper options that are inexpensive and extend to boxes, diffusers, confetti pops and more!
If you’re looking for something more elaborate, I’d recommend Home of Juniper’s stationery. Their Fairtrade Himalaya Notebook is a new favourite of mine, perfect as for pencil sketches with its soft, plain pages. I also like sending out handwritten notes from time to time, and their Hello You! Notecards are perfect for that.
Clockwise from top left: 1. Warm Grey Company’s Hanging Planter, 2. Secrets of Green Palm Notebook, 3. Home of Juniper Himalaya Notebook, 4. Minimum Design Recycled Wood Pencil Pot, 5. Cuemars Air Plant with Holder, 6. Paperchase Recycled Binder, 7. BuyMeOnce Wooden Correction Tape, 8. Hopscotch Soy Candle
Choose Eco-Friendly Essentials
Even for essential stationery items, there are eco-friendly alternatives available. BuyMeOnce, one of my favourite places to shop for long-lasting goods, stocks a surprising array of refillable pens, highlighters and markers. Their Wooden Correction Tape is also the first eco-friendly alternative to tip-ex I’ve ever seen!
For pens, I have one refillable pen I absolutely adore. My Kikki.K Metal Rollerball Pen in Gold was given to me as a present, and I’ve since gone back to Kikki.K to buy refills that extend the life of my pen, and are far cheaper than buying a new one!
The notepad I grab the most to jot things down in comes from Secrets of Green. A gold-foiled and green beauty, it’s the perfect size to stuff into a handbag, and is made by Lonetree, a studio run by two sisters on the North Yorkshire Moors.
Do A Spot of Desk Dressing
No fruitful workspace would be complete without some accessories! Just take a look at my Pinterest workspace board… I love lots of little knick-knacks, so long as they’re cohesive and neatly organised too.
On my desk, I have a beautiful air plant suspended in a concrete and copper holder from Cuemars. The independent London-based homeware shop sent it over very carefully, and it’s incredibly low maintenance for a plant!
I also have my Marley Bluetooth Speaker, which produces a better sound than my laptop and is made from recycled textiles and bamboo.
And one of my favourite ways to concentrate is with a candle slowly burning – it adds a more relaxed feel to the room, and it’s when I do my best writing. I always use soy or plant-based candles, and I imagine this one from Hopscotch smells as good as it looks!