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Finally... a notebook without lines for all those who love to capture their free-flowing thoughts and dancing spirits in their own way!

This diary/sketchbook has 70 pages of plain white paper. The cardboard covers are lined with natural cork bark and a thin fleece backing. The cork gives this substantial book a very warm and soft feel, essentially a good wrapping for your treasured thoughts.

The spine consists of eight aluminium rings. You can add more paper sheets or replace existing ones if you wish. I use it as a travel diary and take out my past journeys as I add fresh sheets. The durable cork bark makes this a long-life diary, hence it is truly sustainable :-) .... and to top it all off - it is a perfect vegan/vegetarian alternative to leather.

• A quality hand-made product
• Re-usable cork covers
• Very similar to leather in feel and wear
• From a renewable source (cork bark)
• Overall size: 190 x 215 [mm] (paper sheet: 160 x 210 [mm])

The paper
I have sourced very carefully a real "writing paper". Nowadays most papers are optimized for their trouble-free run through offset or office printer, which is always at the expense of the person they want to label by hand (and with pen, pencil or pen). The paper I use, however will allow for your pencil and pen to glide over it, fountain pen and ballpoint pen ink will retain its shape without running, and even graphite will leave a clean, uniform image.

Weight: 90 g / sq m. Manufactured in an Italian paper mill, chlorine-free, non-aging (DIN 6738) and designed for laser and inkjet printers

... a little bit about harvesting Cork

Tree Friendly
Not a single cork tree was cut down to make any of our products. The value of a cork tree is in its bark, not its wood, as the fine example below shows…

The Whistler Tree
• The World’s oldest (and biggest!) cork tree is the Whistler Tree.
• It was planted way back in 1783, has produced cork every nine years since 1820 (nearly 200 years), and is still going strong!
• In fact in 1991’s harvest it produced 1200kg (2645Ibs) of cork - that’s 100,000 corks to you and me.
The way cork is harvested is similar in a way to peeling a banana, and this process does not harm the tree.

Global environment
The cork tree population worldwide absorbs ten million tons of carbon from the atmosphere every year, and so lowers our impact on the environment. Harvesting cork actually encourages the tree to absorb 5 times more carbon from the atmosphere than they would do otherwise.

Local environment
Cork forests not only reduce our impact on the environment globally via the atmosphere, but also on a local level by providing and protecting the unique habitat that the forests provide. The WWF have stated that that cork forest play a “ valuable part in support one of the highest levels of biodiversity among forest habitats, as well as the highest diversity of plants found anywhere in the world”.
Just to name a few of its many great properties, it is very light, but durable and ages similarly to leather. Unlike leather it is waterproof, elastic and easy to condense, an excellent thermal insulator, fireproof, highly spot and scrape resistant. In addition to these amazing qualities cork is natural, recyclable and biodegradable, three essential qualities for a more eco-friendly lifestyle!

Handmade cork-lined Diary / Sketchbook - sustainable - keep cover & exchange pages

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  • Handmade item
  • Materials: cork fabric with fleece backing, cardboard, paper, aluminium rings
  • Ships worldwide from United Kingdom
  • Feedback: 14 reviews
  • Favorited by: 46 people