With the returns of schools, collages, universities and offices comes the panic for the new terms stationary. Being big on stationary myself, it becomes hard to source more sustainable options with stationary ‘giants’ dominating the market. Most may not know of plastic free pens etc in the current market, below I have listed some plastic free stationary necessities to help further our plastic free journey. 

If you’re a big fan of writing on physically, plastic free pens are a must! Although the world seems to be moving toward a more digital landscape, there’s something special about writing things out with an actual pen. However, plastic pens are often seen as unimportant and disposable – making them a big cause of waste.

Plastic free pens are simply made from better, more sustainable materials. They’re usually made of bamboo, wood, metal, or other materials. Sometimes, they contain a bit of plastic in the filling component or ink cartridges. However, these pens do still save a lot of plastic compared to regular pens. While some are biodegradable and recyclable, others are refillable.  

Some brands:

Onyx and Green Bamboo Pen

  • Bamboo, rubber, and plant-based corn plastic

  • Plastic free packaging and shipping

  • Retractable 

Everyday pen

  • Made of metal and wood

  • Sharp, pointed biro nib for precision 

  • Many colours to choose from

  • Each pen includes an inspirational phrase

Natural Grass Pen

  • Natural grass, plus BPA-free plastics

  • Can be refilled

  • Vegan & cruelty-free


Linking to my previous point of plastic free pens, a reusable notepad matches perfectly and will allow for you to use the same pages over and over again.

Personally I love the RocketBook which connects traditional handwriting surfaces with the power of the cloud. No more notepaper guilt!

Rocketbook products can be reused, so you can stop using your other paper notebooks. When paired with Pilot FriXion ink, the pages of the notepad can be wiped clean with water and a cloth! Don’t worry, you can scan your notes or lists onto your phone using the RocketBook app! 


This one really shocked me, I hadn’t heard of plastic free highlighters let alone ‘zero waste’.

Of course Regular pencils can suffice but if you want something that provides the extra ‘pop’, a thick fluro highlighter pencil will do the job and leave no waste – use a wooden or steel sharpener and put the shavings in the compost. The pencils are long-lived and can’t run dry. 


Now you need something to store all those eco-conscious goodies in! 

With most pencil cases being cotton, these are a lot easier to find. However, there are a growing number of grass and cork based cases too, I have listed below some examples of eco-conscious brands to help you find your perfect match.

Etsy have a large range of cork pencil cases from loads of individual sellers, shopping small is best!
These are cotton based cases made in Canada and sold through Etsy. For every Firiri product sold, a dollar is donated to educational projects, with Proceeds going to provide school supplies and access to free education for girls in rural areas of Himalayas.
Another way to get less stationary guilt is to buy second hand, there are loads of avenues available for this such as:
  • eBay

  • DePop

  • Vinted



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