Keeping all the aspects of your sustainable life organized can seem like an insurmountable task. By organizing them an eco-friendly planner, you can find time to enjoy your work and breath again. We’ve found the top seven eco-friendly planners to help you keep your life on track.
There’s even a planner that starts in July– so it’s never too late to get going.
So what are you waiting for?
- Top Seven Eco Friendly Planners to Keep You Organized
- What Makes a Planner Sustainable? Your Eco Friendly Planner Buying Guide
Top Seven Eco Friendly Planners to Keep You Organized
Nowadays, we all play more than one role. You may see yourself as an eco-warrior, but you may also be a parent, a worker, a student, or a farmer. Heck, maybe you are all at the same time! You need a planner to keep all your tasks straight.
Well, however many roles you play, we’ve found a planner that will work for everyone. We’ve got daily planners and monthly planners. We even have undated planners if that’s your speed.
We’ve narrowed it down to the top seven eco-friendly planners and presented them here in an easy to read chart.
Still not certain which planner will make order out of chaos? Read our in depth reviews to find the right planner for you.
Being sustainable is about more than just caring for Mother Earth. Self-care is important too. The Green Dreamer Planner incorporates space to track daily gratitudes and well as day to day chores, helping you keep your life in better balance.
We love the fact that it is undated, so you can get started organizing your life, whether it’s January or July. The monthly pages allow you to plan out major events. You can drill down into the details with the weekly spread. And since it’s undated if you skip a week or two because of vacation (or even if you just got off track) you don’t lose any pages. Just pick up where you left off.
This sturdy book is printed on recycled paper and hardbound with recycled kraft paper. You can tell it’s quality because even though there are 248 pages the book lies flat when opened. But if you are worried about wear, check out the recycled cloth covers available.
A quality planner doesn’t need to break the bank. The Lemome 2022-2023 Planner provides everything you expect from a high cost planner without the shocking price tag.
This planner seems to have everything — monthly pages, weekly planning pages, heck, there are even 88 blank pages for notes. Its durable, eco-friendly, faux leather cover and small size make it perfect for on the go. You can even keep a pen and business cards tucked away safely with the elastic band closures.
If you are looking for the catch, there isn’t one. Except it’s important to realize this is an academic calendar, so it is dated July through June. Which is great if you are a student or getting organized late in the year. But it is less than ideal for keeping track of your New Year’s Resolution to stay organized.
Dated: Yes 24 Months January-December
- Size: 6.88 x 8.75 x 0.5 inches
- Format: Monthly
- Paper: 100% post-consumer recycled FSC certified paper
The House of Doolittle has been using all recycled paper to make their planners since 1989. The House of Doolittle 2022-2023 Monthly Calendar Planner features not only recycled paper but the cover and wire are made with recycled materials as well.
If that’s not enough, this eco-friendly planner features 24 months so you can stay on track into next year. It also means next year you don’t need to buy another planner, reducing your carbon footprint further by saving on shipping costs.
Each month has a two page spread with a 1 ½ inch block allocated for each day. You’ll find it’s enough space to keep track of big events but probably not sufficient for in depth day to day to-do lists. You can use it to keep track of birthdays, events, and recitals but not to plan them.
For a truly unique sustainable planner, check out the Karst Stone Paper Weekly Journal. The paper in this journal is actually made from stone rather than wood. How cool is that?
Made from recycled calcium carbonate, a construction waste product, this paper is super eco conscious. But beyond that, it’s smooth and waterproof. Your pen will glide across the paper and nothing bleeds through — even when wet.
But a planner is about more than just the paper and the Karst doesn’t disappoint. Beyond just a weekly spread to track your tasks, this planner is organized with twelve themes to help you encourage your productivity.
You’ll find the weekly reflection questions and mindfulness quotations help you take control of your tasks rather than your tasks controlling you.
From the moment it arrives, it is obvious the Daily Planner by Lavendaire is something special. When you remove it from the box and open the tissue, your eyes are immediately drawn to the phrase “Create Today” that is embossed in gold on the vegan leather cover.
Once you open the book, you will continue to be impressed. Each page helps you focus not just on what you need to do but on how you want to feel. Break your day down into manageable chunks. Yes, there is a space for the three most important tasks, but you equally find room on the page devoted to self care and gratitude.
Now some sustainable organization is a practice, and we may not hit it every day. But that’s ok. With the undated journal, you can miss a day and not waste pages. The book will last you about six months if you are a daily journaler. Otherwise, you get 184 entries.
Dated: Yes, January to January
- Size: 7″ x 8-3/4″
- Format: Weekly/Monthly
- Paper: Recycled paper
The At-A-Glance Elevation Eco 2022 Weekly/Monthly Planner has plenty of room for the most hectic schedule. This planner features extra large pages and more than enough space to keep track of both work and fun.
Use the monthly pages to record all your important dates for the year. Then, each week you can dive into the details of those special occasions. You’ll never forget a birthday again! This planner will help you do more and be less stressed about it.
If helping you organize your life isn’t enough, this planner can help save the planet. The Elevation Eco line is made from recycled paper and ink and is, in fact, recyclable! So– at the end of the year, after you have achieved your goals at the end of the year, start the year fresh by putting it in the recycle bin and not the trash.
Like the Daily Planner by Lavendaire, the quality of the Ponderlily Daily Planner stands out from the moment the book emerges from its box. The faux vegan leather cover is embossed with the year, as this is a dated journal rather than an undated one.
But you will find more than just monthly calendars and daily To-Do Lists hiding in the pages of this planner. Inspiration pages call out for you to stick photos and emerge as vision boards. There’s a pocket to nestle keepsakes and even a special slot to protect business cards from important people.
As you flip the pages, you notice the thickness of the recycled paper. Feel how the book lays flat when it’s open. You will want to grab a pen and immediately start filling the pages with your vision for the year to come.
What Makes a Planner Sustainable? Your Eco Friendly Planner Buying Guide
We eco-warriors work hard to save the planet. Sustainable living requires good time management and organizational skills. And that’s where a good planner comes in. Whether you garden and want to track things like how long does it take to make compost, or maybe you are just learning how to hatch chicken eggs and want to track when our eggs hatch, an eco friendly planner can help you keep your life on track.
But what makes a planner eco-friendly and sustainable? We’ll explore what factors make a planner better for Mother Earth but we’ll also examine some extras that may make some planners better for a more sustainable YOU.
Paper and Ink
The first thing to look at when looking for an eco-friendly journal or planner is the paper. A super easy way to make one planner more eco-friendly than another is to use recycled paper. Now, there are different grades of recycled paper so look closely to see what grade is being used.
Using soy and vegetable based inks is another way planners can be produced in a way that is less damaging to Mother Earth. This allows the planners to be easily recycled when they are full.
Dated vs Undated
It’s hard to say if a dated planner is more sustainable than an undated one. It really depends on how you use it. The true answer is probably — the planner you use is more eco-friendly than the one you don’t. Which makes dated or undated really a personal choice.
There are pros and cons of both.
Dated planners can help keep you on track, especially in a professional capacity. Or for planning events that correspond to dates — like when your chickens will hatch. These planners can be good for the big overview but do need to be used regularly. They generally start in January and if you buy them later those months are already gone. Though you can look for a planner using an academic calendar, like Lemome 2022-2023 Planner, that starts in July.
You can set an undated planner aside for a week or a month and not lose any pages.
However, an undated planner can be very useful for organizing and giving priority to the minutiae of the day. Undated planners work best as daily planners and are a good place to help prioritize tasks. They also don’t need to be used regularly — unlike a dated planner.
Truthfully, if you want a really organized life there is a place for both types of planners.
Extras for a More Sustainable You
While at its most basic level a planner allows you to record dates and tasks, many planners feature more than just a calendar. And some of these extras can help keep you not just organized but help you be more effective, more inspired, or even more mindful.
Many planners include mindfulness quotes, a place to record your gratitudes, or a location to record your daily wins. These features help you direct your thoughts in positive ways. And positivity breeds more positivity. When you feel positive about your goals rather than overwhelmed by your challenges, it makes it easier for you to sustain you.
Rachael and her husband arrived on Isla de Ometepe, Nicaragua in 2011. There they founded El Jardin de la Vida, a tropical micro food forest, focusing on Sustainable Living Education. She teaches others to build with natural materials, live off-grid, and appreciate slow food.