Journals blend socially-conscious design with educational purpose

By: Katy Gathright - Published: • References: designedgood & blog.designedgood
These six Ecojot notebooks give education in ways worth talking about. Ecojot is a Canadian company that designs unique notebooks that are both eco-friendly and supportive of education worldwide.

One-for-one models can be problematic because dumping products in developing countries can disrupt the development of local economies. In the case of Ecojot, the donations come in the form of workbooks that are part of larger nonprofit programs to keep kids in school. Ecojot has also completed hands-on projects in Haiti that included giving back a range of school supplies to children in Haiti.

Single purchases of the You Only Live Once Journal, I Believe in Pink Journal, Make Things Happen Journal, and Never Never Give Up Journal all automatically donate a workbook to a child who needs a place to write in the classroom. The I Believe In Pink journal also donates an extra $1 to Rethink Pink, a breast cancer research network that focuses on women under the age of 40.

They are also all made (pages and covers alike) from 100% post-consumer recycled material, and both designed and printed in Canada. That way, even within the journals there's an educational piece about sustainable materials and socially-responsible production.

Implications - Curating the Ecojot journals into a collection that blends design with a social mission demonstrates the extent to which artistic values can align with stories for good. Ecojot hasn’t just focused on a single idea for change—like giving workbooks to children—but rather created a comprehensive outlook on social good. The notebooks themselves are recycled, and the design incorporates the positive message that they are espousing through their support for learning. Stats for 6 Notebooks Designed for Change Trending: Older & Chilly
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