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Behind The Brand: Coffeenotes

The award-winning stationery from Coffeenotes is carbon neutral and made in the UK from recycled coffee cup paper that is beautiful to write on as well as being kind to the planet.

When lockdown temporarily shut down Mark and Sarah Downey’s printing business in 2020, they decided to use their experience in paper, print and design to create a genuinely sustainable, high-quality stationery range using UK and EU suppliers. Drawing on a discovery that Mark had made five years earlier, a pioneering process called Cupcycling that transforms takeaway coffee cups into paper, the couple embarked on an exciting lockdown journey.

Above: Sarah and Mark Downey with some of the coffee cups they save from landfill each year.
Above: Sarah and Mark Downey with some of the coffee cups they save from landfill each year.

The result is a stylish, robust writing paper; fountain pen-friendly and ideal for sketching. “We aim to offer our customers genuinely sustainable stationery they can use every day,” says co-founder Sarah Downey. “Design elements are simple and minimalist, balancing function and style. Layouts are understated and flexible, providing structure without being prescriptive. We let the papers and their circular stories speak for themselves.”

Coffeenotes’ award-winning stationery is carbon neutral and made in the UK from recycled coffee cup paper that is beautiful to write on as well as being kind to the planet.

“Most people mistakenly believe that you can recycle notebooks and sketchbooks because they are made of paper. However, many mass-produced notebooks use plastics, laminate, foil, glue and excessive ink in their covers and bindings making recycling problematic, so the products are not biodegradable and end up in landfill. Coffeenotes is different. Our products can be completely recycled or composted in your household waste,” says Sarah.

Above: Coffeenotes products can be completely recycled or composted in house hold waste.
Above: Coffeenotes products can be completely recycled or composted in house hold waste.

At London Stationery Show, Coffeenotes will launch its brand new two layflat notebooks which are made from luxury recycled coffee cup paper, with the covers made from seaweed and grass. They are completely sustainable, plastic free and come in lined or plain. Once used they can be composted or recycled in house hold waste.

“We’re really looking forward to the show and talking to buyers about our sustainable stationery revolution,” says Sarah. “We know buyers are looking to expand their sustainable offerings. Our luxury sustainable stationery includes notebooks, notepads, planners, notecards, and writing paper sets.”

Coffeenotes is exhibiting on stand G200 at London Stationery Show, 14 – 15 May at the Business Design Centre. Visitor registration is now open and is free for retailers, buyers, dealers and other resellers of stationery. It is not open to the general public.

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