Thursday, April 19, 2012

Roaring Spring Paper Review

Honestly, I don't use paper products as much as I did when I was in high school. Even while attending college, nearly everything I did could be done on a computer. I just didn't use paper. It seemed better for the environment than to write things down and waste the paper.

However, there are some environmentally friendly paper products out there. Doing some reasearch and looking for a notebook online can lead to some interesting choices. I was pretty excited when offered to send me some great choices from Roaring Spring Paper for review.

I chose to review the Roaring Spring Wirebound 1-subject notebook, the Roaring Spring Environotes Sugarcane Paper, and the Roaring Spring Elephant PooPooPaper.

I want to first talk about the Elephant PooPoo Paper. On the back of my PooPooPaper it says,  "100% recycled and odorless products made from elephant poo!"

The PooPooPaper has a unique texture. You can see different fibers that are in the fiber. The front of the page is smooth, but the back of the page is a more natural texture. I don't know if you've ever made paper yourself, but the texture is a lot like home made paper. 

I have to admit, the idea of PooPooPaper kinda was off putting to me. Not only that, but it came in sealed plastic. I was unsure of their claim of it being odorless. Well, once I got brave enough to open the plastic and actually sniff the paper notebook, I was happy that it definitely didn't smell like poo! I don't think the product was necessarily ordorless, however. There was a distinct chemical smell to the paper, but it faded quickly over the next day or so after opening. My notebook says it was made in Thailand... maybe because there are more elephants there?

My favorite part of PooPooPaper was the design. The pink notebook with the brown design was very attractive. It would definitely be something that is cute enough to stash in your purse or keep a grocery list on!

The Roaring Spring Environotes Sugarcane Paper is another product that uses a different sustainable source for making paper. "Buy a notebook, Save a Tree!" it says on the inside of the front of my notebook. The Sugarcane paper is made from a by-product of the sugar-making process. This by-product is called "bagasse". 

I honestly can't tell the difference in this paper and other note pads, but I LOVE that there is a huge difference environmentally! Producing sugarcane paper conserves over 60,000 acres of forestland every year. I also love that this paper is made in the U.S.A! 


The last product I chose to review is the 1 subject premium college ruled notebook. I received the Genesis Shades recycled colored paper. Now... they didn't know that my FAVORITE color is green, and that's the color they sent! <3 This notebook has a vinyl cover for extra durability, a double pocket  and features perforated edges.

The paper in the Roaring Spring Genesis 1 Subject notebook contains a minimum of 30% post-consumer waste. This notebook is also American Recycled and made in the U.S.A!  I love the fact that the cover and the paper is green. This would have been one of my favorite notepads in high school or college! If there was one thing that I wish this notebook had it would be even more recycled product... a minimum of 30% is nice, but I'd love to see more if possible. 

Overall, I am extremely impressed with Roaring Spring products! I am very interested in looking for more paper and office supplies from Roaring Springs.

I was sent products to facilitate my review. All opinions are my own and I received no monetary compensation.

1 fantastic comments:

Whitney @ Momma Knows Best said...

Well this is a first for me... Elephant PooPoo Paper. Hah! I don't blame you for being nervous to open it up. I think it's great that it's environmentally-friendly, though. Thanks for the review!

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