The sun is bright yet glows pale this morning. Its burning brilliance has waned and so it casts a lighter tone on all that it touches. Autumn is reaching into the days, with yearnings of letter writing and the soft slide of wool on birch needles. I’ve been making more little changes, with each new season this year. Autumn is about stationery and re-purposing things I’ve collected in previous months.
I have fountain pens and ink, though being left-handed, even with a mess sheet pressed over writing I’ve given time to dry, there still ends up being as much ink on me and the table, as on the page. Pencils are wonderful to write with, though fade more quickly and it helps if the written word lingers (especially with letter writing).
I needed to re-stock so purchased Treewise Pencils (made from newspaper and wood free). For pens, I’ve tried Remarkable’s r-Writer Recycled Plastic Handwriting pen and r-rubbish Recycled Paper Pen. While they cost more individually, bought in a box they are affordable. Treewise Pencils are based in Dubai, though I was keen to try them out. Some brands state that pencils are wood-free, when in fact they are from sustainable forests (also good though not the same thing).
Remarkable are based in Hasfield, so they’re much closer to home (and also stock pencils made from material taken from cars, CD cases and fridges). I like that these items are on their “second life” as I try to give everything I use a second chance to be useful, before I discard it. Even then I’m trying to re-purpose and compost more than recycle or bin. The plastic pens can become filler material in the base of large pots – an alternative to grit – and the paper can be added to the compost.
I’ve kept printed paper after I’ve used it for its purpose, so I can use twine or wool to thread it between plastic or cardboard notebook covers (which I’ve also kept). These “second-chance” notebooks are great for draft writing and list making. I write directly onto the laptop often, though find with editing and first drafts, I work better with paper. I only write on one side, though it means the paper is used again before being shredded and put on the compost heap or in the nesting boxes. It’s cut down spending on notebooks and being able to move things already re-purposed, further down the chain of waste saves pennies and reduces impact a little.
Re-cycling and re-purposing are planetary issues, though they’re also rooted at home; in our local green spaces, in our hearts and minds. We’re making lasting change that grows in number across all areas of daily life. These waves have grown through the last few decades and are becoming the tides by which we map our lives. My efforts are only a drop in the ocean though there are 7.7 billion other drops. As we re-write our habits, we’re writing a future in which we all walk more lightly.
What items do you re-purpose or make a lot of use of, having purchased? Metal water bottles and bamboo cups are a personal fave, because I love how they keep water really cool and coffee hot for ages! Share in the comments 🙂