These are completely made from recycled materials. Recycled paper often looks as though it is, well, definitely recycled. Not these. The paper is bright white and smooth. The covers are sturdy but flexible. Those features alone make them great notebooks, BUT there is so much more. They have attached elastic bands to keep them closed, built-in book marks, perforated pages, and large pockets built into the back! Each notebook has a special identification number on the back pocket that can serve two purposes. You can use it to find out what materials went into the manufacture. In addition, anyone finding the notebook can contact the company to get it back to you. For all this I thought the price would be way up there, but it isn't! They are really reasonably priced.
This green lined one begins life as my new work journal. Throughout the day I write down whatever I'm working on--calls, emails, research, meetings, new ideas, possible problems. I started doing this for the weekly and monthly journals I do for my AmeriCorps placement. This work journal has turned out to be remarkably useful. I find myself culling through its pages for all kinds of useful information--dates, times, names, numbers. At the end of one work day without it, I realized how difficult it is to remember all the little things yet significant things that go into filling the day.
And, finally, to replace all the bits and scraps of paper in my purse filled with random thoughts and ideas for writing and craft project is this little orange beauty. It's about 3-1/2 x 5-1/2 inches complete with pocket, etc. I've tried notebooks for this before, but they always become battered and nasty looking. The sturdy cover, elastic band to keep it closed, and all-around quality of construction make this one perfect for the job.
With the new year around the corner, I am ordering their weekly planner in "grape." If you are going to begin journaling of any kind or haven't gotten next year's planner yet, you have to check out www.ecosystemlife.com. I think you can buy them at Barnes and Noble, too. Check the site to see about that for sure. Once again, I have to give a big thank you to Chica and Jo for holding the giveaway and introducing me to such a great company. Who knew recycled could be so chic!