Picture of Recycled Material Composition Book
As a college student studying engineering, I burn through a lot of paper. A whole ream of the stuff would be used up entirely on a fairly regular basis because of the nature of my homework, and the amount of diagrams they involve. To cut back on the amount of paper I use, I began to use scrap paper from the miss-prints. The problem was, though, that papers from different subjects would get loose and mix with one another, usually resulting in an important section of notes going missing for quite some time. I needed a way to bind my scratch paper into a notebook, and I wanted to do it in a fairly green way.

Here's my solution. This notebook is made from and bound with recycled materials. The cardboard covers and scratch paper are being given a new life, and staying out of the trash while I am using less paper.

Making one of these notebooks takes about 45 minutes. I usually make one while on the phone each night, as you can still concentrate on other things while making one. The composition books that this will be replacing cost only a dollar or two, so this is more about recycling rather than saving vast amounts of money. As an added plus, you can get some pretty cool designs of your covers, depending on the boxes you use, or you can have the plain side out and decorate it yourself.
Beast366 months ago

Awesome idea

Karen Schampke10 months ago
Awesome :D
I like this Im going to make one and create my instructables with it...dream of one, wake up write it down...sleep
this is cool mine came out narrow but i  love it even more thanks for putting this up. i really like it and ya your spelling abilities are bad but i can say mine are that great either.
hatpins6 years ago
W00t, Firefly. Flan for life.
phalanx447 (author)  hatpins6 years ago
Yeah, that stencil is a pretty good way to screen people as to whether or not we can be friends. :)
KDotKali6 years ago
Browncoats are everywhere! *woot*
And like to make shiny things from recyclables. How very cool.
phalanx447 (author)  KDotKali6 years ago
Thanks! I was hoping somebody would pick up on that. :)
1nstru6 years ago
Voilà even ;)
phalanx447 (author)  1nstru6 years ago
Gah... Thanks. I'm afraid my spelling abilities are limited. I'm studying engineering, so I'm only required to math goodly.
Sanclous6 years ago
Very helpful 'ible, I really appreciated the recycling of the cardboard from the Bisquick and Coke box, it made me realize how much of the cardboard sitting in my recycling bin could be used for something useful!
phalanx447 (author)  Sanclous6 years ago
Thanks! Yeah, the first few I made had no cover, they were just simply bound paper. The normal wear and tear of my backpack pretty quickly chewed them up real badly, so I realized I needed a cover. The purpose of this was to recycle, so I figured I would take some stuff out of the recycling bin to fit the need.
mstark776 years ago
Pretty nice. Thanks for sharing.