Eco friendly planner — definitely not the first thing on your mind when you want to start living sustainably, but still oh so important!
Have you ever noticed how people focus on just a few small things when thinking about living an eco-friendly lifestyle?
We tend to think of the classic sustainable swaps like using a reusable water bottle, bringing reusable bags to the grocery store and avoiding plastic straws.
But there is so much more that we can be doing!
Our everyday lives are FILLED with things that aren’t great for the planet in the long run. Things we barely think of as being polluters of the environment.
Our phones, computers, bedsheets, hair ties, clothing, and even our planners, are harming our planet.
How? They ALL contribute to waste in our world today. Electronic waste, fabric waste, and paper waste come from so many of the products that we use on a daily basis.
But wait. Can’t you just recycle the paper from your planner after you’re finished with it?
Yep, you totally can. But there’s more than just paper to consider!
So, what helps qualify a planner as eco-friendly?
Planners can come with lots of extra odds and ends like the cover, ribbon bookmark, spiral binding, elastic tie to keep it shut, plastic tabs, and extra plastic folders for organization.
Most of these extras can’t be recycled, so it’s important to look for a eco friendly planner that has mostly all recyclable components!
(Sadly, not all of the planners in this list fit that standard, BUT we tried our best people!)
Made from Recycled or Sustainable Materials
Using materials like recycled paper, recycled wire, 100% cotton binding thread, cork or any other sustainable material is awesome because it’s repurposing materials that might’ve gone to waste otherwise!
It’s a huge help in reducing your carbon footprint because the higher the percentage of recycled paper that was used, the fewer trees were cut down to help make that planner! Theoretically… 😉
FSC stands for Forest Stewardship Council and this certification basically means that the paper that’s used has been sourced in an environmentally-friendly and socially responsible way, which is super important!
Look out for companies that use sustainable packing materials like biodegradable packing peanuts, and recycled boxes. And it’s best if the business avoids plastic packaging all together!
Having a date-less, year-less planner can help you waste less just in case you don’t end up using your planner for a few months or don’t need to start using it until a certain month.
No worries with a dateless planner because you can start and stop using it any time, and it will always be ready the next time you need it!
So, wouldn’t the best solution actually be to use a digital planner on your phone or computer instead?
Just ditch the paper altogether, right?
Yeah, that’s a super awesome point.
And if you’re ready to ditch a physical, paper planner all together, then you are a unique type of human and you should definitely go for it. I applaud all your digital organization skills.
BUT, I know there are plenty of us who put our life and soul into our physical planners, and we’re just not ready to take that digital step yet. And THAT’S OKAY.
There’s hope for the physical, right in front of your face, planner lovers of the world!
As you were probably hoping, I’ve researched and reviewed 13 eco-friendly planners that will definitely meet your planner needs while reducing waste and pursuing sustainability all at the same time!
So, let’s jump right in and find the best eco-friendly planner for your personal organization style!
1. That journal or planner you already have!
I know… You’ve got to be kidding me right? I’m here to find a new planner not just to use that old journal I already have.
I get it. We all love the feeling of searching for a brand new planner, full of possibilities. But if you really want to live an eco-friendly lifestyle, it always starts with using the stuff you already have. Even though it’s the least exciting and glamorous option, it really is the best thing to do to reduce waste!
We all have that lonely journal on our shelf that we bought because it was adorable and we NEEDED to get it. We tell ourselves… Oh, I’ll totally start journaling more now since I have this super adorable, totally useful, amazing little journal.
BUT, at least for me, I always fool myself into thinking that I’m way more committed to journaling that I actually am.
So, all that to say.
Use that damn journal that’s been waiting to be loved on since day one. Have a DIY moment and mark that baby up to be the best personalized planner you ever dreamed of. AND it’ll satisfy your every need. Why? ‘Cause, YOU made it!
Hella personalized, right?
But honestly, I get it if you’re just not ready to dive into the DIY world and you’re hoping to actually use that journal for journaling someday.
So, for my non-DIY-lovers, here are 12 awesome store-bought options for your next eco-friendly planner.
It seriously says it all right there on the front! “I’M NOT LANDFILL”
This planner is an awesome, eco-friendly planner option because it is completely 100% recyclable. There are no extra odds and ends that must be thrown into a landfill because everything, including the cover, is recyclable.
It features a simple, easy-to-look-at weekly layout, perfect for anyone looking for ultimate simplicity in their next planner.
Not only is their planner a great eco-friendly option, but Wisdom Supply Co. is also a Certified B Corporation that takes their role in pursuing sustainability very seriously. Wisdom Supply Co. also ranks in the top 10% of all B corps in the “Environment” category!
Simplicity is key right?
This eco-friendly planner is definitely simple. None of that over the top stuff and only the key essentials.
In terms of eco-friendliness, this planner has 100% post-consumer (recycled) paper that is also chlorine-free and FSC certified.
In addition to all of that, the wire for the spiral binding is made from 90% recycled materials and the cover is made from 50% recycled materials!
If you’re looking for a simple, easy to use, eco-friendly planner, this might be the planner for you!
If you’re looking for something a bit more stylish, interactive, and environmentally-focused, the Green Dreamer 2020 planner might be for you.
I love this planner because it’s not only made with 100% recycled paper and soy-based ink— it also includes:
- Important environmental awareness dates to actually remember this year
- Motivational quotes to inspire you daily
- Daily prompts to express your gratitude and intentions for each day
- 101 Tips to Thrive in your everyday life (things like exercise, eating, and sustainability tips)
- And honestly, so many more awesome features.
And as if that wasn’t enough, Green Dreamer also commits to shipping with completely plastic-free packaging and recycled cardboard boxes.
And I know you weren’t even expecting anything else, but purchasing one of their planners also supports reforestation. 1 tree is planted for every planner that’s purchased.
This is the type of planner that will help you mindfully center yourself before you start your busy day and help you reflect on all of the things you were able to accomplish by the end of your day.
I love this planner because it focuses on the importance of practicing mindfulness in our day to day lives.
These are the daily prompts you’ll find in this planner:
- Today I want to feel:
- Today’s focus:
- Most important tasks:
- To Do:
- Self Care:
- I’m grateful for:
- Today’s wins:
So, how does this qualify as an eco-friendly planner?
It is printed on recycled FSC certified paper, has a vegan leather cover (better than real leather), features fill-in-the-blank dates and it is packaged and shipped with recycled materials (and no plastic).
Sadly, this planner is not completely recyclable because of the cover and ribbon bookmark, so if you are looking for a completely recyclable planner, this may not be the one for you.
But, if you are looking for an intentional and mindfulness-focused planner that is still eco-friendly than this might be the one for you!
This planner helps you focus on personal wellness goals to achieve each day, and it’ll help you cross off all the things on your daily to-do list.
Keep track of your daily hydration with those adorable little cups next to your H20 goal, plan out your meals, and organize your daily to-do’s — all in one place!
As far as eco-friendly goes, the cover and the pages are both 100% recyclable, it’s produced with 60% renewable energy, it’s shipped and packaged in recyclable materials, it has fill-in-the-blank dates, and according to the Etsy seller, a tree is planted for every planner sold.
And to add to all of that, buying from Etsy is such an awesome way to support small business owners!
This simple planner sends out chic and sophisticated vibes while also checking that eco-friendly box!
Ponderlily commits to sustainable practices in the production and packaging of their products.
Their planner is made with FSC recyclable paper, uses soy-based inks, and also features a cover that’s made with 100% REACH compliant, rayon cloth (which basically means that the cloth is safe to use and doesn’t require the use of harmful chemicals to create it).
For packaging, they use recyclable mailers and biodegradable tape, and biodegradable packing peanuts instead of using bubble wrap!
The planner can also help you intentionally set your goals for the each month in areas like wellness, relaxation, friends and family, and finances. And also take time to reflect on past months!
You’ll definitely be reminded to take time to reflect each week with prompts like:
- Positive habits
- Reasons to celebrate this week
If you are searching for an intentional, reflective planner that is still eco-friendly then this might the planner for you!
Something to note: this eco friendly planner is designed as an hourly planner and the times are listed from 5:00am-22:00pm, just to let you know!
This 2020 planner from May Designs will be PERFECT for you if you’re looking for a planner that is CUSTOMIZABLE!
Personalize everything from the cover design and size to the planner layout you’re looking for (OR you can choose to create a notebook, budget planner, or even a coloring book instead!)
So how are these gorgeous planners actually eco-friendly?
- The spine is bound with thread by a sewing machine. Why’s that so awesome? Because most books are bound with glue that’s you can’t recycle or reuse. Binding with thread eliminates that problem!
- The covers are made out of canvas. And the canvas is partly made from recycled post-consumer paper waste. Another plus with canvas is that it will last a really long time!
- Handmade in the US. It’s always nice to know that whatever you’re buying isn’t coming straight from an automated factory in China and is actually made by a real human being in the US.
This stone paper planner might not be the most glamorous option, but it is seriously eco-friendly.
- The cover is made from cork. And cork is an awesomely sustainable resource because the trees that cork comes from don’t need to be cut down in order to harvest the cork.
- The paper is made from stone and recycled construction debris. HOW COOL IS THAT. Just casually jotting down your daily plans on recycled stone, no biggie. And the cool part about stone paper is that it doesn’t require water or bleach in the production process.
- And lastly, they ship with 100% plastic-free packaging.
If you love simple layouts and are looking for something easy-to-use and eco-friendly, this might just be the perfect planner for you!
This planner features a clean layout with beautiful art on each page designed by Claire Ishino, an Australian artist.
Not only does this planner use vegetable-based ink printed on 100% post-consumer recycled paper, but Earth Greetings is also a carbon-neutral company that commits to 100% carbon offsetting their products by planting trees.
And to add to all of that, Earth Greetings also donates 10% of their profits to environmental organizations.
The planner itself has a simple, clean design and features goal setting at the beginning of each month and plenty of extra space for notes and doodles.
This one is just adorably small, right?
It would be perfect for anyone that is looking for something little and eco-friendly. And something that supports small business!
As for the binding, it’s definitely not your classic glued-together book.
It’s actually bound together with thread that is waxed with either beeswax or soya wax (vegan option). And you can customize what kind of wax you’d like to have for your very own planner!
I love the adorable monstera leaf stamping work done on the cover which is made from recycled gray boards. The paper inside is also 100% recycled paper.
And to add to all of that, you can request personal customization for your planner.
If you’re looking to practice your language skills, this planner is also available in French, Italian, German, Spanish, Czech, Slovak, and English!
AT-A-GLANCE Planners always show up with clean layouts, plenty of room for all of your planning scribbles, and this one is just that much better because it’s eco-friendly too!
This one is made with plenty of recycled materials. The cover is 30% recycled, the paper is 30% recycled and the wire binding is made from 90% recycled wire.
Sadly, At-A-Glance as a whole is not a very environmentally focused company, but at least they’re trying with this one, right?
Sasha is a designer and illustrator from Finland. She designs beautiful things like notebooks, planners, stickers, postcards, pins and more!
So. Her products are amazing and super eco-conscious and you’re probably wondering why I put her at the end of the list. Well, she currently doesn’t have any planners listed on her website… BUT I bet that you can totally email her and ask her personally to make you a planner!
I had to add Sasha to the list because all of her products are intentionally created with sustainability in mind.
Her hand-bound books are made with Evolution Business 160 gsm paper that’s FSC and low carbon emission certified and it’s made from 100% post-consumer recycled paper. She also either recycle or reuses all of the waste paper that’s created from making her products.
The covers of her books are made with 100% recycled carton and cardboard and are bound with 100% cotton binding thread.
Think you found your dream planner?
If yes, AMAZING! I’m so glad this post was helpful in finding the perfect eco-friendly planner that fits your vibe and sustainability goals!
If not, I hope this post was at least helpful in understanding what makes a planner or notebook more eco-friendly and sustainable and how you can look out for things like:
- 100% post-consumer recycled paper
- Vegetable-based inks
- Recyclable covers and pages
- Fill-in-the-blank dateless planners
- No plastic tabs or folders
- FSC certification
- Certified B Corps
- Supporting local or small businesses
- And supporting companies that take sustainability seriously
Do these planners meet your sustainability standards? If not, how do you think these brands could improve their sustainability efforts in their planner designs?
I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below!