Those of you who follow the blog regularly will know of my obsession with Bullet Journals and stationery. You can imagine my excitement when I was asked to try out a brand new notebook by Greenstory... made of STONE.
Yes, you read it correctly… it’s made of stone.
Developed by Dutch brother & sister duo Kaim and Yagmur and supported by copywriter Fleur, Greenstory seeks to make a difference for sustainability. The paper for the Stone Notebook is made of 80% calcium carbonate, which is waste material from marble quarries. 20% polyethylene is added, and that’s it. It uses 6X less energy to produce and leaves a 3X smaller CO2 footprint. No coating, water, acid, bleach or optical brighteners. The material can be infinitely recycled to make more Stone notebooks!
It also makes the paper waterproof and much stronger – one of the first things that I attempted to do when I received the notebook was rip the corner of one of the back pages, and while it was possible to tear it – there was a noticeable difference in the overall strength than other notebooks I have used.
And, the company is working in partnership with OneTreePlanted so that for every journal purchased, a tree is planted in Ghana.
I chose to try the Stone Notebook A5 Hardcover in Marble Grey, with dotted pages.
The notebook contains 80 numbered pages, and the dots are reasonably dark, but don’t distract from the overall look. It comes with a bookmark built in.
I was desperate to see what writing on the paper was like, so I started with a simple title that I have used at the front of my current bullet journal. It was soft and easy to write on, and there was no bleeding into the back of the page. In fact, while the writing could be seen slightly on the other side, it was no darker than any other notebook I have tried.
I then decided to take it a step further and try out different pens to see how they would react with the type of paper to test for smudging and bleeding onto the other side.
I used a number of pens:
A Sakura Pigma Brush pen
A Sakura Pigma Micron 005
A Bic Intensity
A Sakura Pigma Micon with a Stabilo Highlighter
A Crayola Supertip
A Stabilo fineliner.
These are the results on the page and on the back
None of the pens bled through to the other side. Most of the pens couldn’t even be seen from the other side, with the exception of the Sharpie and the Sakura’s. There were only two issues – the Crayola Supertip didn’t turn out as well as I would have expected – the ink seemed to run ever so slightly and the Stabilo highlighter smudged the ink from the Sakura pen. This was because I forgot that the pages have waterproof properties and therefore the ink would take slightly longer to dry, which is something to bear in mind for the future when using a highlighter. However, this is one of the only notebooks that I ever seen where a strong pen like a Sharpie can be used without it destroying the other side of the page, which is brilliant.
It’s a lovely notebook to use – it’s well-made, lightweight, strong, fits easily in my bag and is a brilliant resource for bloggers, students, bullet journal enthusiasts and diarists. It’s ethically made, easily recyclable, really enjoyable to write and create designs on, and the strength of the paper means that popular stationery pens don’t go through to the other side.
The notebooks are priced at €17.50, which works out at about £15.00, and can be ordered in two colours – Marble Grey or Space Blue – and you can choose from lined or dotted paper to suit your own tastes.
The Stone Notebook can be purchased from the Greenstory website here
You can also find this amazing company on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @ourgreenstory.
AND JUST AS EXCITING – Greenstory are sponsoring the Annual Bloggers Bash Awards this year, so the winner of each category will receive a Stone Notebook! Have you got your ticket for the 2018 Annual Bloggers Bash in London yet?
Disclaimer: I was given a Greenstory Stone Notebook free-of-charge in exchange for an honest review.