With five kiddos in school, we use massive amounts of paper. I sometimes feel a little guilty because we do use so much paper. But I can’t tell my children’s teachers they need to cut down on the paper use. Somehow I don’t think that would go over very well. I’m sure I’m not the only one who feels the guilt. The question is, what can we do about it?
There’s always the option to recycle. There’s also the option to use paper that’s made from recycled materials or sustainable resources. These types of paper can’t always be found in stores, though. So let me introduce you to Roaring Springs Paper Products.
Roaring Springs offers several different types of paper made from post-consumer waste (stuff that would end up in a landfill if it wasn’t recycled) and sugarcane fiber (a waste material of sugar production). Since there’s no shortage of trash, and sugar seems to be a staple in many people’s diets, there should always be a good supply of the materials used to make this paper!
To help spread the word about this ecofriendly alternative to regular paper, Roaring Springs sent me a nice selection of paper to review — a one-subject notebook, a three-subject notebook, a five-subject notebook, two large Landscape Pads, and three smaller Landscape Pads.
The notebooks are suitable for anything that calls for notebook paper. After this review, my boys will be carrying them to school! There are two pockets on the inside of the notebook that will be great for worksheets, notes — whatever needs to be kept up with and brought home. There’s also a great class schedule and assignment page, which will make keeping track of projects and major assignments a lot easier.
The paper itself is made from sugarcane fiber. It feels like the same thickness as a regular sheet of notebook paper, but it seems smoother — easier to write on than regular notebook paper. None of my kids are at the age where they take a lot of notes, but this would be really nice for a high school or college-age kid. I think the smoothness would help reduce hand fatigue when taking pages of notes.
The Landscape Pads — both the large and the small — are made of post-consumer waste. According to the Rocking Springs website, most of their recycled products contain a minimum of 30% post-consumer waste.
Out of everything I received, the small Landscape Pads are my favorite. There’s plenty of space to write on each sheet, but the pads are small enough to easily fit on my crowded desk or even in my purse. These are the perfect size for to-do lists, grocery lists, or reminders to myself!
Roaring Springs offers plenty of other types of paper — they even have paper made of poo! (I didn’t receive any of that.) Click over to their website to find out more, or connect with them on Facebook and Twitter.
I received the above products through Sublime Media Connection in exchange for an honest review. In no way was I asked to give a positive review.