The Online Paper Goods Companies You Don’t Know About
September 18, 2019
What We Considered
Is it just us or has the digital age left you longing for the touch and feel of IRL paper product? Sure, it’s pretty convenient to have our photos, notes, calendars, and even our party invites right in the palm of our hand. But there's something to be said for receiving a real invitation in the mail, taking time to slow down and look through a photo album - or maybe even writing in a journal. Call us old-fashioned. And sure, your to-do app comes with all sorts of handy features, but can it give you the same satisfaction as checking an item off your to-do list with a real pen? We didn't think so.
It’s easy enough to buy a planner or notebook off of Amazon, but stationery is better when it’s a little more personal. Meet the three direct-to-consumer brands keeping the magic of paper alive. How you ask? Through modern designs (paper does not equal frumpy and old), convenience and easy-to-use features. Not to mention a commitment to sustainability and the environment...
So go on, give those backlogged iPhone photos a forever home. It’s time to start living a more offline life.
Using paper products can be a tricky ethical dilemma. I love stationery, but shouldn't I be trying to save trees? Paper Culture is working hard to offset the environmental impacts, so you can indulge in glossy, thick, paper products without the guilt. By using post-consumer waste and wood alternatives, Paper Culture is not only making sure that no new trees are cut down in the making of their products, they also plant a tree for every order received. Paper Culture also ranks higher in terms of quality and service than most other competitors, so it’s a win-win all around.
While Papier makes all manner of stationery from notepads to invitations to photo books, we gotta say we're partial to their stunning notebooks and planners. Not only are the covers a visual treat (we honestly can't stop ogling) thanks to collaborations with design studios like Matthew Williamson, Idlewild, and Disney, they're also customizable and practical. Personalize the covers with your name or a fun tagline (dibs on "100% that b****"), pick from soft or hardcover, and select the type of paper you want inside. The plain notebooks are perfect for doodlers, scribblers, and Bullet Journal fiends, but you also have the option of buying a more organized planner with weekly and monthly layouts. You can never be too organized, right?
Artifact Uprising was started by a family of photographers — Jenna Walker, her husband Matt, and her sister Katie, and after eight years of taking hundreds of thousands of photos, they came to a realization that we’ve all had at some point — their documented lives were sitting entirely on their phones and laptops. Artifact Uprising was born out of a need to find a home for photos, but not just any home. A beautifully designed, expertly crafted, and eco-friendly home. No shade to those plastic, photo albums of our childhood, but it was time for an upgrade. The company has since grown to offer other products like prints, frames, and cards, but their photo albums continue to be their stand-out pieces. With their easy-to-use editor, you have full control over what your wedding, baby, or vacation album looks like, right down to the page layouts and text.
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