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Office & Electronics

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iPhone Case

So I was given an iPhone by my very dear kind and generous friend when he upgraded. Never been so ...
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Envelopes

One years worth of junk mail for one person in the US equals about 2 feet. Most of these letters ...
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Highlighter pencils – wooden

Replace nasty, plastic, highlighter pens with fantastic fluero pencils from Stabilo. According to their website the  STABILO GREENlighter proves that ...
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Rubber – PVC free

I didn't know that PVC was found in rubbers but here you go .... from the blurb.... PVC-free thermoplastic rubber ...
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Pencils & pencil sharpeners

The ultimate in plastic free writing but they will fade with time Pencils A really great plastic-free,note taker.... Can be bought ...
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Pen Ink refillable

Here is a one of the worlds finest inventions as radical in its time as the computer has been in ...
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On Line Stores

Check out my  Pinterest board with some links to suppliers. I sourced some similar looking stuff on Amazon below

Recycled Paper Cylinder Style USB Flash Drive (DC-M80): 758958 The cylinder style body of this USB drive is constructed from recycled paper making it an eco-friendly, green product.

Recycled Paper Cylinder Style USB Flash Drive (DC-M80) allwrappedupgiftshowcase.comEdit

Fujitsu Wooden Laptop - The Ultimate Plastic free office item!

Fujitsu Wooden Laptop – The Ultimate Plastic free office item!

Thinksound ts02 8mm High Definition Passive Noise Isolating Wooden Headphone (Silver/Cherry) EiioX Latest Design Fashion Bamboo Cube Mini Red LED Wooden Digital Alarm Clock -Time Temperature Date Display - Voice and Touch Activated Red LED Wood Wooden Digital Alarm Clock DC Input/USB/Battery + Temperature
Thinksound ts02 8mm High Definition Passive…
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Making smarter choices thinksound headphones are designed with features to reduce its overall environmental impact: Wood…
EiioX Latest Design Fashion Bamboo Cube Min…
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Earphones plastic reduced and greener plastic

Part wood earphones and a earphone recycling scheme made by Thinksound

thinksound headphones are designed with features to reduce its overall environmental impact:

  • Wood from renewable sources
  • PVC-free cables
  • Packaging is made from recycled and bleach-free materials
  • Smaller packaging size = cuts waste
  • Elimination of plastic bubble insert
  • Cotton carrying pouch is sewn from bleach-free and renewable sources

Buy them here

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Water cooler

Want to catch up on the gossip round the water cooler but don’t want to drink BPA laced water from a plastic bottle? Then get your boss to buy one of these bottle free models from Quench. Basically it takes your tap water, cleans it and cools it. Keen to seen as green, they list some impressive statistics for resources saved by using one of these and also contribute to a tree planting scheme for each filter sold.

Here’s some highlights their press release…………………

Bottleless water coolers  bottleless drinking water systems also save money, energy and oil. Gone are the days when a bottled water delivery service is the only option for providing drinking water to businesses and corporations.

Did you know that only roughly ten percent of plastic water bottles ever make it to the recycling bin? Not only does going bottleless save oil and energy, but it also cuts down on the massive waste that all those 5-gallon water jugs creates.

We have accounted for the planting of just over four million trees, saved over 200 million gallons of water and prevented over three thousand tons of waste.

By making use of a structure’s built-in water supply, bottleless drinking water systems maximize preexisting resources. The closed-filtration system and ultraviolet sanitization option assures that only the cleanest most hygienic water flows. And our dispensers produce hot, room temperature and cold water with the option of making ice, too.
You can find out more at their website

You can find more plastic free office supplies here

You can make your own safe water with this cool, portable gadget.

 

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Bubble wrap and jiffy bags

I do buy a lot of building stuff on line (for work you understand – it’s not a hobby), and though I do my best, much comes with protective packaging.

I am talking bubble wrap.

Ok, it is polythene and can be recycled but come on, who really believes we are going to recycle all this plastic or that it is ( as yet), cost effective to do so. If you do, try this from the Flotsam Diaries. Its good in a very bad way.

Long story short, I have a guilty bubble wrap secret and commit jiffy bag crimes on a large scale.

At least I used to. Now I give it all away to Cart in Huddersfield. This Christian African Relief Trust is run by local volunteers. It is based in Summer Street in Lockwood (opposite Magnet). Google Map to shop.

It relies entirely on voluntary contributions with no salaried staff. You take your pre loved stuff down there for them to sell and they sell it in the shop or often on E bay. Ergo – they   always need packaging and adore bubble wrap and jiffy bags.

It’s not a perfect solution but the best I can do.

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iPhone Case

So I was given an iPhone by my very dear kind and generous friend when he upgraded. Never been so excited. Until now my phone has been an ancient Nokia that was sturdy but certainly not smart. So along with all the useful apps (turn yourself into a zombie), and joining Instagram, I needed to buy a case. Getting a plastic free one is not easy so so when I saw these wooden cases for sale on eBay I was overjoyed. I foolishly thought they were made out of wood.That they had actually carved the entire case out of a block of wood.

Of course they hadn’t. It was a slip of wood stuck onto a plastic case. Really I am so dumb sometimes.

But if you do want a biodegradable iPhone case you could try these compostable plastic cases from Pela. I haven’t tried them as I now have not really wooden case. But if I had my time again….

Heres some stuff from the website:
“Our mission is to make durable, eco-friendly, and biodegradable products as an alternative choice to conventional plastic products.”
“Our phone case is made with a unique blend of non-toxic, plant-based biopolymers mixed with annually renewable flax shive. Our cases will biodegrade in a composting environment which means less waste in our landfills and oceans.”

Sadly you have to import these from America which might make them rather less eco-friendly and they say nothing of the onward packaging though I would guess a company as aware as this one would have that covered. If you find out do let us know.

Or you could try making one

iPod or iPhone Case Stand | AllFreeSewing.com.

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Envelopes

One years worth of junk mail for one person in the US equals about 2 feet. Most of these letters are credit card offers says Dan MacFarlane Which leads me on to my mail and the envelopes in particular. It’s those horrid little windows that are the bloody awful icing on the stale cake of junk mail.

In today’s market, four types of window coverings are used

  • 1. Polystyrene: a plastic film designed specifically for the needs of high-speed envelope production;
  • 2. Cellulose based films, such as: glassine and acetate films;
  • 3. PLA: a new film derived from corn; and
  • 4. Other plastic films used for specific, non-standard applications.

But who can tell the difference – not me. And even if they could you know they are not going to be recycled.

Envelopes with windows are no good for Plastic Free Freaks – especially when all they contain is rubbish.

While I might not be able to ban every envelope from my life I can stop a lot coming through my door.

  • I have converted to paperless billing for all my services.
  • On the rare times I have to send a letter I only use windowless envelopes.
  • The war on junk mail is being waged.

Ways To Stop Junk Mail

Thankfully I have this wonderful man with his infinitely detailed website, (listing all the ways you can stop junk mail), to help me. You can read about him below or go straight to his website here

Compostable envelopes

Envelope makers! You could try this for your window envelopes

“Low scratch, compostable film specifically formulated for use in envelope windows. Meets USPS readability standards for window envelope film. Tinted with a light green hue.”

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Find other plastic free office supplies and electronics, here.

Diary of a Junk Mail Campaigner

My blog (‘Diary of a Junk Mail Campaigner’) deals with anything I feel people should know about junk mail. It explains – usually at length – how people can reduce unsolicited mail and why stamping out junk mail is not as easy as signing up to the Mailing Preference Service. It investigates whether of not self-regulation by the direct marketing industry can make junk mail more sustainable and exposes the endless stream of junk mail research (invariably showing that direct mail is valued and welcomed by 110% of the population) for what it is; junk research. Occasionally there’s something ‘fun’ on the blog – interesting junk mail art, a video, or just a nice story – but in general the blog is dead boring. As a source for information about junk mail it’s unrivalled though…”

The same description could apply to the website (www.stopjunkmail.org.uk). The aim is to provide detailed and independent information about reducing junk mail. Being a web designer I’m very aware that for instance the Guide to Stamping Out Junk Mail is far too long – few people have a long enough attention span to read through it all. But then the aim is not to entertain people and there are already plenty of websites with short (but incomplete) guides to reducing junk mail. In an attempt to provide the information in a more compact format I set up the website www.junkbuster.org.uk a while ago.

It’s build around the Junk Buster application which people can use to contact up to six opt-out services in one go. I like to describe it as a one-point-stop for reducing junk mail. As for achievements, since the launch of Junk Buster many people have become aware that it’s possible to opt-out of receiving paper directories (people can opt out of the Yellow Pages, Thomson Local Directory and BT Phone Book via the application). None of the directories tell the public that they have this option but after Junk Buster was featured in the Telegraph, Daily Mail and Independent in March things started to change; the Data Publishers Association has now for the first time acknowledged that people can opt out. 192.com is actively campaigning for a central opt-in scheme for directories and I reckon they may achieve their goal.

Another achievement is that Royal Mail is no longer secretive about how many (few!) people register with its Door-to-Door Opt-Out (which stops unaddressed mail delivered by the postman). In 2008 a Royal Mail Manager accidentally told me the figure was less than 0.5% of all UK households. The figure became public knowledge and just a couple of months ago the company publicly confirmed that the figure is currently 0.7%. At the same time the Direct Marketing Association confirmed that only 0.0006% (!!) of households is registered with its Your Choice Scheme. Having these figures out in the open is important because it undermines the industry’s argument that stopping junk mail is easy – if opt-out rates are so negligible something is clearly not working…

Finally, I spent much of my time giving people advice on how to solve their junk mail misery. In a way the campaign is about tackling the junk mail problem, one piece of junk mail at a time. I guess it will keep me occupied for some time to come .

 

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Highlighter pencils – wooden

Replace nasty, plastic, highlighter pens with fantastic fluero pencils from Stabilo.

According to their website the  STABILO GREENlighter proves that luminosity and ecological awareness can go hand in hand.


highlighter pencil
» FSC-certified highlighter

» 3 neon colors: yellow, green and pink, suitable for a huge variety of paper.

» Thick lead, 5.5mm in diameter, for a broad stroke.

» Glides easily over the page to ensure consistent highlighting.

Hurrah for guilt free high lights.

BUY

As my highlighting needs are few I haven’t used these myself. It looks like you can buy in packs of 3,  in cardboard plastic free packaging.

You can buy them online from the Green Stationary Company. I don’t know what their inward packaging is like but with a name like that they will probably be open to plastic free requests. Do let me know if you what you find out.

 

Or from  Amazon  .

 

 

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Rubber – PVC free

I didn’t know that PVC was found in rubbers but here you go ….

from the blurb….

PVC-free thermoplastic rubber erasers, measuring 35x31x8mm, manufactured in the EU.
PVC has long been recognised as a particularly hazardous plastic – vinyl chloride itself being a known carcinogen threatening the liver, and the byproduct dioxins from manufacture and incineration can persist long in the environment and travel great distances; these are linked to immune system suppression, reproductive disorders and cancer.

Yowser – maybe you dont want that in your pencil case. You can read more about The PVC debate here

You can buy the PVC Free Rubber here

You can read more about pens & pencils here….

Look here for other sneaky plastic.

Find more  plastic free products here >>>A-Z<<< plastic free index.


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Pencils & pencil sharpeners

The ultimate in plastic free writing but they will fade with time

Pencils

A really great plastic-free,note taker….

Can be bought loose in most art shops and stationers

Sharpener

If you are using a pencil, you will of course need pencil sharpener. I guess the boy scouts amongst you could use your sharp knives but I dont dib,dib,dib.

So I got me a metal pencil sharpener from the shop…. but I could have got one of these….

Sustainably-Sourced Wooden Pencil Sharpener
Only: £4.45
Cylindrical wooden double pencil sharpener with collection tray. Made from 100% sustainably-sourced wood in Germany. This sharpener has two different diameter cutters and is extremely strong and robust for frequent use.

You can find more up here on Amazon

You can read more about pens & pencils here….

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Pen Ink refillable

Here is a one of the worlds finest inventions as radical in its time as the computer has been in ours treated as a throwaway piece of rubbish
Not only am I ridding the world of plastic I am reinstating dignity to the much abused pen.

Refillable Fountain Pen

I have bought myself a fountain pen with refillable cartridge. Please note many pens use disposable plastic ink cartridges which defeats the object. DO CHECK!

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Fountain pen with reusable ink cartridge.

The pen is from Parker and the body is made (mostly), of stainless steel.As is the nib.
Yes the cartridge thing is plastic but it is reusable.
I have been using this pen for a while now and I like it a lot.

Bought the wrong pen?

If you have got a disposable cartridge pen you may be able to buy a refillable cartridge.  For example this one for Parker Pens. You will need to Google the make of your pen to find out.

Failing that Indestructables have a guide fro refilling throwaway cartridges. Looks time consuming and messy to me but it can be done!

Ink

The ink  comes in bottle but they do have  plastic lids. The bottles are  so cute I plan to up-cycle them when I get enough.
I don’t actually do that much writting by hand so that might take some time.

Plastic Alert

Of course the pen  has plastic elements but we don’t boycott all plastics. We think that there are some valid uses for the product ( gasp!! yes I know…you can read our reasons here).

Buy

I strongly recommend you buy from a shop. This pen is going to last you a long time! You need to get the feel of it. Besides which, pen shops are lovely.

Though we try to link with business we know we cannot always do this. Then we try to find a similar product on Amazon.
Amazon is a very dirty word at the moment and I thought long and hard before suggesting them.  Heres why I went ahead….. No we are not entirely happy with Amazons recent history. However, we have always found their service to be good and their packaging usually compostable.

If you buy a product via this link we do get an affiliation fee for this. This is not why we do it.

Parker Jotter Stainless Steel Chrome Trim Fountain Pen Medium Nib - Gift Boxed Parker Fountain Pen Refillable Ink Converter Parker Quink 57ml Ink Bottle Permanent - Black
Parker Jotter Stainless Steel Chrome Trim F…
£13.97
Parker Fountain Pen Refillable Ink Converter
£3.87
Parker Quink 57ml Ink Bottle Permanent – Bl…
£4.48

Biodegradable Cornstarch Pen

But I am bad with pens – years of abusing them can not be wiped out in a moment. Used to loosing them destroying them throwing them away without a backward glance means I am careless.

 

In the meantime I don’t want to lose my expensive fountain pen so  I have bought some disposable pens – pens that biodegrade. You can read about them here.

They were rubbish so now I  use a pencil…..

Read more about pens & pencils here….