2008 Diaries- from Recycled to Social and Paperless.


It is the first of January, which means it's time to leave the worn-out diary behind and open up a new one. If you haven't found the perfect agenda to start this New Year yet, here are a few fun and practical eco options. From recycled to social and paperless, there's an even wider range of treehugger-style diaries this year than any of the previous years.

Starting with the recycled options, Kara suggested Scribesdelight journals that are made from recycled saddle leather. A recycled saddle leather agenda/address book is available for $79. If you got one last year, just order your re-fill now and reuse the sleeve. ::Scribesdelight

Another recycled option is the diary by Bandaderodadura, a Spanish company. The sturdy black sleeves of these diaries are made from recycled car tire inner tubes and are locally made in Barcelona. The sleeves come with a zip pocket for extra storage space and are guaranteed to last you through quite a few years. ::Bandaderodadura

More diaries after the jump.


Jasmin already mentioned the gorgeous Hidden Habitats Calendar by Blissen. These guys have also created a wider range of journals and notebooks such as the Forest Coral Datebook to "spend a year in the forest and the coral!" It is printed with vegetable-based inks on reincarnation paper (100% recycled, 50% post-consumer waste, and processed chlorine free) and is wire-o bound. Available for $15. ::Blissen

For those of you who made it their New Year's resolution to green up their lives, The Little Things Diary will help you keep your intentions throughout the year. Written and beautifully illustrated by Andrew Cooper, each day gives you advice on how to live more sustainable at home, in the garden or at work. (view sample pages here) Plus it has tips on how to keep healthy, fit and contribute to biodiversity. ::The Little Things


At the Centre for Alternative Technology's online shop we found the Trees for Life Engagement Diary, containing stunning photography of trees and forests from all over the world. (see sample pages and the introductory essay 'The History Tree' by Jim Crumley here) The diaries are printed on recycled paper made from 75% post-consumer waste, and a part of the sales goes towards the forest conservation work of ::Trees for Life
Amnesty International UK has another beautiful diary for sale in their online shop: the Amnesty People Diary. 23 coloured portraits of people around the world make this a very appealing diary. The cover is made from recycled leather and the pages of recycled paper. ::Amnesty International UK Shop
People & Planet also opted for the photographic diary this year. The Social Justice & Environment Diary features photos of people and places around the world, with their stories about social and environmental issues. It is printed on 80% post-consumer recycled and 20% FSC certified paper. You can download a sample PDF via ::People and Planet

If you are still not sure about any of the above options to organise your days in 2008, follow Jenna's advice and "make your own printed diary on recycled paper in that pile of one-sided printed paper that people gave you? Take it to a paper store and have them put a binding on it for $1.00. Easy as pie and uses the paper you have lying around."

Last but not least, Graham swears on his Blackberry: no paper or other material needed at all. So if you own a Blackberry or any other device (such as mobile phone, iPod, palm top, etc.) you carry around every day and that comes with a built in calendar maybe you can skip the paper option completely this year.