Of all the career paths open to us, writing has to be one of the most maddening, difficult, and intoxicating; I'd say I've never wanted to be anything but a writer, but, truthfully, I've never been capable of being anything else. The other things that I am incapable of not being include a feminist, an animal-lover, and an environmentalist. Which can be a real problem when the average first draft of a novel takes three notepads of notes, 100 - 150 pages of single-spaced manuscript, ink, biro pens, enough tea to sink a ship, and god knows how many mars
Add to this the fact that I, like many other writers, also
However, all hope
"Green" Writerly Habits and Tools
There are some
Eco-Friendly Writing Tools*
*heads up there are a few Amazon affiliate links for the products I'm talking about in this article; unless otherwise stated I have tried the products in question and found them to be worth consideration.
1. Recycled Pens;
As a writer, I must go through more pens than the average person does hair ties or hot dinners, so finding pens made from recycled water bottles was a real revelation and boon to me! The best thing is, they're not expensive!
Pilot and Green&Good make affordable, recycled B2P gel pens that are made from single-use items like water bottles.
2. Reusable Pens;
Reusable, or refillable pens are also a phenomenal way to go if you want to minimise the amount of waste you're producing. There are a lot of decent and refillable fountain pens that are affordable, but there are also refillable biro options, too, if you don't like a nib.
3. Reusable Notepads;
The reusable notepad might not seem like a new thing, but I'm talking more than laminated paper. There's a new breed of reusable pad out there now, one that's connected to an app that lets you upload notes made before wiping the book clean (they estimate you get 500 uses out of the pad). I'm still waiting on mine arriving, but if it works this could half the waste I produce while preparing to write.
Instead of post-it notes or cork board, a wipe-clean whiteboard, or a blackboard and chalk can serve as great, reusable ways in which to take notes, brainstorm, and plot.
Writers with the time and resources can also invest in sockets that actually draw zero power when shut off, and look at renewable energy sources, but the tools above are basic, easy changes to the normal routine that can actually make a difference in the way our minds, imaginations, and craft change and impact the world, and, at the end of the day, this is something that should be at the forefront of all of our minds.
I'm not sure that ebooks will ever totally eclipse printed hard copies, and I would be very sad if they did, truth be told... but moderation is always a virtue, don't you think?
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