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

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.

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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!!!

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