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#638014 - 10/22/10 10:06 PM Green Journaling Ideas
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If you keep a journal, what are some ways to incorporate green living into your journaling habits?

Are there types of journals that are environmentally friendly? You normally keep your journals, so there aren't many "recycling" issues.

You could journal *about* your green life or green ideas. Maybe even keep a special green journal to record the progress you're making?
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#644284 - 11/22/10 10:18 AM Re: Green Journaling Ideas [Re: Lisa LowCarb / VideoGames]
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Hi Lisa,

Lots of the journals I buy are recycled. Though I have some that aren't :P

If I get my Samsung Galaxy Tab for Christmas {{{crossing fingers for a windfall LOL}}} I think I'll start keeping my journal on that.
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#645495 - 11/26/10 05:50 PM Re: Green Journaling Ideas [Re: Lisa LowCarb / VideoGames]
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Well, for now, I am keeping my journal volumes on a flash drive (oh, yeah, and backed up for sure!) and NOT printing it out. I'm sure somewhere a tree is sighing in relief.
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#668455 - 03/08/11 11:50 AM Re: Green Journaling Ideas [Re: IH8FMS]
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I do prefer a journal that either made from recycled materials - and those often look super cool - or i rescue one from a thrift store (which keeps it out of the waste stream).

I also try to use up all the pages in all of mine in some way - even as scratch paper - before moving on to the next notebook. The idea of using what you already have to the best extent is very appealing and green.

So that is three good ideas. Doxi's great idea of using a flash drive is even greener! And Deanna's of a tablet.

I do like the feel of paper and enjoy handwriting, though.

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#671483 - 03/19/11 07:05 PM Re: Green Journaling Ideas [Re: Jilly]
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Here are some notepads made with banana fibers and other recycled content - neat idea - banana legal pads

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#676545 - 04/08/11 06:18 PM Re: Green Journaling Ideas [Re: Jilly]
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I am pretty new to journaling, but a book that I reviewed for the Doll Making Site got me hooked. I had an old book that was by an author I really didn't enjoy. I saved it for several years intending to try my hand at making an "altered book." But have turned it into an
Art Journal.

I am enjoying the process a lot and there is no waste by using an old book for something else.
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#676782 - 04/09/11 10:25 PM Re: Green Journaling Ideas [Re: Helen Doll Making Editor]
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Helen, that is really awesome!

I am planning to make an altered book later this month with my MIL. Her hubby will be gone for a week, and we will have sleepovers and work on reusing her craft scraps and old bound books as a sort of spiritual project.

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#678502 - 04/15/11 08:53 AM Re: Green Journaling Ideas [Re: Jilly]
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I buy those journals with recycled paper covers. They also come with "green" quotes and notes on their pages. The covers also come in lovely designs. You's never thought they're recycled papers. Cool.
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#679726 - 04/19/11 07:19 PM Re: Green Journaling Ideas [Re: rodav]
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That sounds lovely, Rodav.

I love the look and feel of handmade/recycled papers.

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#684955 - 05/07/11 09:40 PM Re: Green Journaling Ideas [Re: Jilly]
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I've been using a handmade journal for a few months now and I have to say that I'm not sure I'll buy another. The paper is hard to write on - the ink doesn't flow. I do want to read my journals later on and this isn't in essence serving its purpose. Maybe there are other handmade ones that are better. This one was touted as extremely eco-friendly and supporting local cultures, but I do also need it to do its journal job properly.
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#699392 - 07/01/11 12:07 PM Re: Green Journaling Ideas [Re: Lisa LowCarb / VideoGames]
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I bet there are tons to choose from. There's bound to be (no pun intended) a journal that is green and allows for smooth writing.

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#704217 - 07/28/11 08:35 AM Re: Green Journaling Ideas [Re: Jilly]
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I'm about halfway through my handmade journal so it'll be a little while before I can move on to the next one. I'll definitely be looking at other options!
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#713916 - 09/13/11 09:44 PM Re: Green Journaling Ideas [Re: Lisa LowCarb / VideoGames]
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I have been using a recycled journal lately. It's made of crepe paper and looks really fancy. it's of a light blue color and I love it totally!
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#714910 - 09/18/11 09:32 PM Re: Green Journaling Ideas [Re: jodiemt]
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We've been talking about green journals, but have not yet mentioned the pens! lol.

As far as writing tools, I like what Lisa did for the most recent bellaonline gathering - she gave out pen/pencil sets made of sustainably harvested rosewood.

If one can remember to buy refills, then that is probably the greenest way to have a writing utensil, yes?

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#720946 - 10/21/11 09:55 PM Re: Green Journaling Ideas [Re: Lisa LowCarb / VideoGames]
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I am trying another eco-friendly journal and again the paper just isn't easy to write on. I'll have to post photos of them to show what they're like. There must be some sort of middle ground where they're good to write on.

Definitely refilling pens vs buying new ones seems the eco way to go!
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#831573 - 07/30/13 05:41 AM Re: Green Journaling Ideas [Re: Lisa LowCarb / VideoGames]
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Fountain pens, if you refill them from a bottle, are most assuredly the "greenest" as you don't have a refill to dispose of. Too bad some company doesn't come up with a way to refill ballpoint and/or rollerball refills! You would send them in and get them back good to go!

Dang, wish I was rich enough to start a company.
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#845770 - 11/19/13 09:04 AM Re: Green Journaling Ideas [Re: Lisa LowCarb / VideoGames]
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I have made some books using old greeting cards as covers. Actually they are more like booklets than books. The paper was just normal photocopy paper, although if you look a lot of photocopy paper is made with recycled content. Not every card works for this. I do not want a book that says Merry Christmas or Happy Birthday on it. Sometimes you might get an all occasion notecard that does not have a specific holiday or occasion on it. Also keep a look out for holiday cards that do not look too holiday. For example some Christmas cards have a generic winter picture, like animals playing in the snow or snow covered trees with no words on the outside.

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#845825 - 11/20/13 05:33 AM Re: Green Journaling Ideas [Re: Lisa LowCarb / VideoGames]
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Since I keep my journal on my computer now because writing is painful for me- especially when I get wordy- I guess I can say it's kindasorta green, as I keep it on a flash drive and never print it out.
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