Decomposition

Eco-friendly, Recycled Notebooks Made in the USA

Who They Are

Students, note-takers, list-makers, and stationery devotees will jump for joy for eco-friendly notebooks from Decomposition! Based in Brooklyn, New York, Decomposition has been providing sustainably-made notebook and paper options since 1949. With 100% post-consumer-waste recycled paper and soy-based inks, their sketchbooks, pocket diaries, and notebooks are an environment enthusiast's dream come true.

Decomposition founder, Michael Roger, knew he wanted to create a sustainable stationary option for eco-conscious writers like himself. Growing up with a nature preserve at his doorstep, he developed a closeness and love of the environment at an early age that later motivated him to create the perfect eco-notebook. The designs started with a plain cover and recycling symbol, but Michael felt they needed something else. He wanted to bring more to the story, so he adorned the front and back covers with detailed and colorful art prints that were inspired by nature. Starting with Woodgrain and Cherry Blossom, two designs that are still available today, the Decomposition line has evolved to include over 100 different whimsical and fun patterns and prints! With standard and pocket sizes, sewn and spiral-bound notebooks available, the options for writing, scribbling, and doodling are limitless. For the next office or school supply run, look no further than the environmentally-focused notebooks from Decomposition!


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Why We Like Them

In 2018, 17.2 million tons of paper were sent to landfills in the United States. That is approximately 412 million trees that could have been saved through recycling! Decomposition notebooks are made with 100% post-consumer-waste recycled paper. Produced entirely from discarded paper that was once put in office or home recycling bins, this process saves trees and provides new life to previously used sheets. This method also eliminates the need to harvest virgin materials and further helps preserve animal habitats and established forests. Moreover, once a notebook is full, all one must do is remove the tape or metal spiral from the binding and recycle the cover and inside paper separately. Since paper is easily and routinely recycled, each notebook can once again take on a new purpose. Recycling has the potential to increase a paper’s lifecycle up to seven times!

In addition to their sustainably created paper, each intricate cover art is printed with soy-based inks. Made from soybean oil, soy-based ink is a more environmentally friendly option over traditional petroleum-based inks and will degrade up to four times faster at the end of life. Although it may take longer to dry, soy-based inks also emit lower levels of VOCs (volatile organic compounds) which in turn reduces air pollution and minimizes toxic emissions that are harmful to humans. Soy ink is also easier to remove in the de-inking process of recycling paper and therefore makes it more convenient to recycle. Finally, in addition to being non-toxic and leaving no chemical residue, soy inks provide more accurate and vibrant colors as soybean oil is clearer and means fewer pigments must be used.

Since 1949, Decomposition has been family-owned and made in the USA. Brands based in the United States help reduce the number of emissions that come from the transportation of materials during and after the manufacturing process. It also means companies have more oversight in how their products are created and how their workers are treated.

From their thoughtfully sourced materials to their creative notebook covers, Decomposition is a leader in making sustainable stationery options for every eco-conscious penman!


  • Family Business
  • Sustainable Lifestyle
    Sustainable Lifestyle
  • Made in the USA
    Made in the USA
  • Low Impact Ink
    Low Impact Ink
  • Recycled Paper
    Recycled Paper
  • 100% Recycled Content
    100% Recycled Content

This product is made by a family-owned business. EarthHero loves to support and empower businesses built around strong family values. 

This product helps promote a more sustainable lifestyle. Whether it encourages re-use and the movement away from disposable products, or it promotes sustainable actions like recycling and composting, this product can help you lower your environmental footprint.

This product was made in the United States. Buying locally made items helps to reduce harmful emissions that result from transportation during and after the production process. Purchasing products made in the United States also ensures that the items are produced in ways that meet strict safety and labor standards.

Companies can adopt multiple practices to print clothing, books, and catalogs in a more environmentally safe way. Low impact inks can include vegetable, soy, or water based alternatives, and generally do not contain harmful toxins like heavy metals or phthalates.

Recycled paper can contain both pre- and post-consumer recycled content. Once paper is sent to a recycling facility, it’s washed to remove any inks and converted to a watery slush called “slurry.” This slurry is spread and rolled to create different types of paper. This process keeps paper out of the landfill, prevents trees from being cut down, and saves the energy and resources needed to create virgin paper products.

Recycling is the process of taking an otherwise-discarded item or material and cleaning, sorting, and breaking it down into its basic form (such as fibers or pellets). This material is then used to produce new items. Recycling keeps useful materials from being discarded in landfills, prevents resource extraction due to the creation of new materials, and provides a new life for used items. Recycling can utilize both pre-consumer waste (materials left over from production) or post-consumer materials (used clothing, empty water bottles, etc). This product is made from 100% recycled content.

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