The Neon Coral LAMY Safari Fountain Pen is the new collectable limited edition color for the year 2014. What a vivacious, lively color this is! If you’re the fun-loving type that likes to match your ink to your colorful fountain pens, what color of ink could you choose to match the Neon Coral Safari?
The obvious choice would be the special new LAMY T10 fountain pen ink cartridges with coral colored ink! If you would rather use bottled ink what choices do you have? We’ve come up with a dozen ideas in varying shades for you shown in the photo above (actual colors will vary from what will be displayed on your electronic device).
Clairefontaine has been making paper in France since 1858 and they are committed to controlling the environmental impact of their manufacturing process. They also happen to make notebooks in all sorts of formats that are great for school!
This paper is made from materials sourced from certified sustainable forests.
Clairefontaine recycles water, and when it leaves their paper mill this water is cleaner than when it arrived.
Their paper is chlorine-free.
Natural water-based vegetable oil pigment ink is used in printing.
Clairefontaine supplies 80% of their own energy needs.
They practice recycling and waste reduction.
2. Fountain Pen & Ink
Just how many disposable pens does one student use throughout their entire time spent in school? How about a multitude of students? It’s hard to even imagine the quantity of plastic pens tossed into the trash. Switch to a good fountain pen and you’ve got a pen that can last a lifetime! If you fill your fountain pen with bottled fountain pen ink, you’ll eliminate the need to throw away empty plastic ink cartridges refills. To use bottled ink you’ll want to be sure you have an ink converter or a piston-fill (or similar) fountain pen. Filling a fountain pen with bottled ink while you’re on the road or at school can be a little bit tricky, so I carry 2 fountain pens loaded with ink with me on those intense note-taking days.
3. Refillable Highlighters
Highlighters are another plastic writing tool that usually get tossed in the trash when they’re dried up. Take another step to help ease the strain on the environment by using refillable highlighters. There are many refillable highlighter options you’ve probably never thought of.
Book Darts are paper-thin metal line-markers that slide onto the page of a book and are used as place-finders for facts, quotes, key points and passages that you want to refer to later. They do not stain or damage paper and eliminate the need to highlight, underline, bend page corners or use paper clips or sticky notes. These light-weight metal darts can be reused over and over again for a lifetime. You don’t have to know all the answers, just where to find them!
5. Quo Vadis Academic Planner
What makes Quo Vadis academic planners different than other academic planners? They are full of earth-friendly Clairefontaine paper and most of them have covers that can be refilled every year with a new calendar insert. In addition, your fountain pen will write amazingly well on super-smooth 90g Clairefontaine paper. Academic planners are the must have tool to juggle a busy class schedule.
What environmentally friendly back to school supplies would you like to recommend?
Moleskine is an Italian company known all over the world for their Parisian-style black notebooks and other products related to writing and travel. The paper most commonly used in these notebooks is acid-free and it is ivory in color. How does their regular notebook paper hold up to a variety of writing instruments? Check out our simple writing test below:
From my own personal experience, I found the paper to be pleasantly smooth to write with, and in my experiment ink did not feather very much on the paper. I really liked how this paper made the color of my ink pop. Most writing instruments including pencils wrote perfectly fine on this paper. What about fountain pens? Well, the results were not as good. Most of the fountain pen ink bled through to the other side of the page which made using both sides of the page not very practical. There was one exception – Noodler’s Black fountain pen ink. Paired with my fine nib Pilot Prera fountain pen Noodler’s Black fountain pen the ink did not feather or bleed through to the other side of the page.
This is a scan the back side of the page we used for this test. The top half of the page shows the fountain pen ink bleeding through the paper. The bottom half of the page shows that other writing instruments (minus the Sharpie) do not have the same problem.
Our conclusion? If you’re using Moleskine notebooks, stick to writing with a ballpoint, rollerball, gel pen or pencil which is what the vast majority of you already use. Fountain pen users proceed with caution. You might want to give Noodler’s Black fountain pen ink a try.