Review: O’Bon Notebooks (and Pencils)

I was happy to receive this lovely batch of samples from the good people at O’Bon. They make colorful and eco-friendly pencils and paper products.


The large feather-pattern notebook on the bottom is a looseleaf binder. Then there are two wire-O notebooks, and 4 packs of pencils.

Let’s take a closer look at the notebooks:



I love the cover designs, particularly the peacock feathers. They offer a variety of other feather designs and they’re all gorgeous and very unlike other notebook covers available.

Inside, the notebooks have pretty standard lined paper, but there’s a little box for the date at the top, and the O’Bon logo at the bottom.


In front of the first page, there’s some info about the company and how they make paper out of sugarcane.


I tested all my usual pens and pencils with pretty good results. It’s not silky smooth paper, but it’s a pleasing shade of cool white and fine to write on. Show-through was about average.



There’s not a whole lot else to say– these are pretty basic notebooks, but with prettier covers and eco-friendly paper.

As for the pencils, they are also attractive and eco-friendly, as they are made from recycled newspapers.  Again, the designs are very funky. Kids will love the set of colored pencils, each of which looks like a different animal.




I like O’Bon’s philosophy, as expressed on their website:

Our belief continues to be that environmentally friendly products don’t have to come in boring designs or earthy green and brown tones.

As usual, I can’t keep all of these goodies for myself, so one lucky reader will be randomly selected to win some of these items. As usual, here’s how to enter:

On Twitter, follow Notebook Stories and tweet something containing the words “O’Bon” and “@NotebookStories.”

On Facebook, “like” the  Notebook Stories page and post something containing the word “O’Bon” on my wall.

On your blog, post something containing the word “O’Bon” and “NotebookStories” and link back to this post.

The deadline for entry is Friday April 8 at 11:59PM, EST.

Winners will be posted on Facebook and Twitter. Good luck everyone!

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