Sustainability is about ecology, economy and equity.- Ralph Bicknese

The Wipebook: an Eco-Friendly Notebook

wipebook-xlWith a certain academically-related activity resuming on Monday here at SPU, a lot of new books and supplies are being sought out. While a lot of us students have gotten in the habit of bringing our laptops to class, many are still using the old-school method of paper and pen; this isn’t looked at in quite the archaic light as dipping a pen into ink when writing, but it’s getting there. Another subset of students are using devices like tablets to take notes, but others (a group I sympathize with) still haven’t warmed to the touch-screen aesthetic.

Fortunately, a product thought up by some MBA students may serve as a sustainable solution to the touch-screen hang-up. Frank Bouchard, Toby Maurice, and Thomas Sychterz of the University of Ottawa have taken the concept of the dry-erase board and turned it into a 25-page notebook that they call the Wipebook. With their fundraising campaign on Kickstarter already having brought in upwards of $250,000, it looks like the Wipebook will soon be available. Users will be able to write and erase just like on a standard dry-erase board, though the creators of the Wipebook claim to have solved the problem of ink leaving traces of itself behind after erasing. The pages of the Wipebook can also be easily unbound and put back for studying purposes.

Whether the idea will hold up to its promise in the face of ongoing usage remains to be seen, but as someone who likes a pen in their hand almost as much as they like trees, I’m certainly interested in something that will both spare me from touch-screens and the thought of contributing to deforestation.

How do you take notes? Could you see yourself using a Wipebook? Feel free to share your thoughts on the idea below.


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