Our New Australian made brand of Notebooks & Journals from Notely

Written by Sarah Garrett-Hodoniczky


Posted on February 04 2021

 We are so excited to add to our selection of Australian made goodies for sale. The latest instalment is Notely stationery all made locally and sustainably right here in Brisbane, Australia.

The creator Jenica Smith not only is a talented artist herself, she has also thought about every aspect of Notely when creating it, to make it as sustainable as possible. When she dropped our stock off to us we had a big chat about all the decisions she had to make. I love chatting to people who share the same passion and attention to detail, maybe because it makes me feel 'normal' knowing someone else spends so much time thinking about and deciding on those things. We talked about sourcing, local production and even about which environmental groups we are passionate about and are best to donate to. 

The Notebooks and Journal below feature Jenica's artwork. I love Australian natives and as we had just done a Bestowed collection featuring flowering gum artwork I simply had to have the Journal with a flowering gum too. 

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One topic of debate was about sourcing locally made materials as it's more sustainable due to the miles involved in shipping. Jenica did so much research into all the components to ensure the end product was not only beautiful, was great to write or draw in, but was the best option environmentally.

For Rant and Bestowed we buy most of our knitted fabrics from Australia because we still have fabric mills operating here. But woven fabrics for apparel are no longer made in Australia so we have no option but buy them from other countries. When sourcing paper for Notely Jenica came up against a similar thing, in Australia we make 100% post consumer paper but not up to the heavier 300gsm which is needed for the covers. So do you use 100% post consumer recycled covers that are made somewhere else? Or do you use the local product that has a percentage that's not recycled? We agreed that having the covers made from 100% post consumer recycled was the best option. 

All the printing is done with soy based inks on paper that is 100% carbon neutral, chlorine free and 100% Australian made post consumer recycled. She has printed the Environmental Credential logos inside the back covers. How awesome is that attention to detail? I love it!

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We love the Cup Collection, thinking outside the box when it comes to recycling and creating new ways to use waste. The mustard and olive A5 notebooks above have covers that are made from recycled coffee cups! In fact each pair of notebooks keeps one cup out of landfill. 

In the manufacturing process, 90% of the waste from each takeaway coffee cup is converted into FSC® certified paper fibre. The inside pages are 100% Australian made, recycled post-consumer waste paper.

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Our selection of Notely eco friendly stationery is beautiful and practical. In our selection some that are collaborations with local artists. Sara Turner's art is on a set of A5 & A4 notebooks, see above. Why settle for boring stationery supplies when you can have beautiful art on the cover?

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Another artist collaboration is with Sophie Gilmore. These journals and notebooks feature watercolour botanicals. They are both A5 size which fit easily in your bag so you can sit somewhere peaceful and do some journaling or simply jot down ideas. (Sophie Gilmore's art is on the journal and notebooks above)

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We couldn't go past this Plant Journal. With it's linen hardcover outside and a mix of lined and blank pages inside, there are also some quotes and beautiful leafy pictures. A perfect gift for the avid gardener, in fact Jay gifted himself one of these as soon as they came in.

And we also selected some Spiral Notebooks in forest green and soft grey as you always need a good spiral notebook. I like these for writing my 'to do' lists. 

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All of the Notely Journals & Notebooks are made with love and care from 100% post-consumer waste, using no virgin tree fibres. The fibre source has been independently certified by the Forest Stewardship Council. This makes me happy because I don't want any tree to be chopped down for paper and with Notely you know none have. 



Happy browsing, click on the pics to go to the products.



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