My O’Bon – Think outside the box (Review & Giveaway)

One of the aspects of the project that I am most enjoying is the ingenuity of companies. When given the obstacle of obtaining alternate resources and utilizing sustainable, eco-friendly methods, companies and individuals come up with inventive products. I am stumbling across a range of everyday items to bizarre specialty products, but each one is imaginative and impactful in their own right.

O’Bon is one such company that is making a difference producing everyday products out of our common waste. They have an entire line of pencils, binders and notebooks that are TREE-FREE. Paper without trees? Pencils without wood? I know that sounds like an oxymoron, but I am serious. The entire line of pencils is made from recycled newspaper and the paper products are produced from sugarcane pulp. Sugarcane is an abundant, fast-growing, natural resource, but after the processing of the plant the pulp becomes a wasteful bi-product. And, “girl scout’s honor” – the paper is incredible. It is eerily similar to regular wood-pulp based paper and could fool a trained eye. O’Bon’s bagasse paper is directly contributing to less deforestation and offering a high-quality choice for an everyday product.

The pencils are another nifty story. They are attractive both inside the package and out. The wildlife series has a fun pattern of zebra stripes, parrot feathers and cheetah spots and the fruit collection of colored pencils has fun, delicious names to describe each hue. When I sharpened the pencils, I was surprised by the strength and smoothness. The recycled newspaper hugs the graphite and keeps it from breaking. You can’t beat a pencil that is made from entirely recycled products and lasts longer!

O’Bon has shown that when you think outside the box with an eye on eco-friendly and recycled materials, you can not only make a dent in the impact we have on the environment, but you can also make a superior product.

You can visit O’Bon and view the entire collection of paper products and writing instruments at www.myobon.com.

Image courtesy of O'Bon USA

Woo hoo!  Look at this giveaway!

THREE {can you believe it?!} lucky winners will receive a single O’Bon item of their choice.

Interested in entering the giveaway?

  • Comment on this post and tell me: What is O’Bon product would you like to try? Visit O’Bon’s website by clicking here.

Want additional entries? You must follow these directions and tell me about them via a comment on this post.  Each of these options is available for one single entry per giveaway, not per day.

  • Subscribe via email – WordPress or Feedburner
  • Subscribe via a reader – Feedburner
  • Become a “fan” of Seventh Generation on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/obonusa) (send me the link or a screen shot via a comment on this post)
  • “Join the Movement” at <http://www.myobon.com> (send me the email confirmation you receive when you sign up)
  • Comment on this blog entry and giveaway on my Facebook page and copy your comment into this post
  • Link the Sacred Bee’s Blog to your website (you must send me the link or a screen shot via a comment on this post)
  • Link the Sacred Bee’s Blog to your Facebook page (you must send me the link or a screen shot via a comment on this post)
  • Follow @sacredbee on Twitter and retweet this giveaway.  Notify me of the retweet using a comment on this post.  Only one entry per single retweet each day.

Winners will be drawn on Saturday, May 1st, 2010 at 8:00pm PST.

Good luck!

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2 Responses to My O’Bon – Think outside the box (Review & Giveaway)

  1. Virginia says:

    I looked through the O’Bon website. Gorgeous products! And they seem to live up to their “something different” motto, for sure. (Their pencils are lovely–especially the wildlife design–but I’m totally a mechanical pencil person.) Soooo…my choice for the drawing is the
    –>> Bird A5 Notebook Iridescence

  2. Kristen Van Sickle says:

    What fun! I would love to win the colored pencils….I am always looking for fun creative items to encourage kids to get drawin & writin & these might just do the trick!!!
    ~Kristen

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