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Zero-Waste Binder KIT

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"A vinyl binder is cheaper and more durable."
That's true.
But cheaper and "more durable" are catching up with us (with a vengeance).
Vinyl is more durable, as in forever. Once vinyl binders are made, they're here for the longest of hauls. For what? Storing class papers?? As a species, some of our priorities need work.
Ours is the only Zero-Waste Binder on the market; produced by a small, purpose-driven, women-owned B-Corp operating out of a one room warehouse/office staffed by the founders and a few local students on a shared mission to prevent waste.
The act of assembling our binder is intended to imprint the repairability of the product, as well as to spur thought about waste and product design.
2021 increased costs: Recycled Pulp / Raw Materials, Manufacturing, Transportation, Packaging, Labor

Zero-Waste Binder Kit Includes:

Pre-Drilled Cover

1" Binder Mechanism

2 Posts + 2 Screws

1 Set of Binder 5-Tab Dividers

1 Slash Pocket Folder

How-To Instructions

If Wisdom Binders were pre-assembled, the replaceable, recyclable cover feature would be overlooked, and the binders would continue to be landfilled once they were worn out.

*Every vinyl binder ever made still exists in some form. Vinyl binder take-back programs do little more than encourage continued purchasing of more plastic and vinyl waste (that's the point).

**Cardboard binders without replaceable covers are considered “mixed materials waste” and are destined for landfill.

***Nothing “composts” in a landfill - whatever goes in permanently increases to the larger toxic mass.
Waste is a design flaw.

Binder covers are:

100% Recycled Cover

100% Recyclable Cover

Made in the U.S. in a wind-powered factory.

Binder Spine: 1 3/4"

Metal D-Ring: 1"

Length x Width: 11 1/2" x 10 1/2"

Cardboard Thickness: 1/8"

*Kraft box is an optional add on

The box explains the kit, and why our company is named after an albatross.

Vinyl binders are made of permanently affixed mixed-materials and therefore are not recycled in any meaningful capacity and never will be. Binder recycling schemes exist to encourage the continued guilt-free purchase of more vinyl binders, meanwhile, tens of thousands of tons of these binders end up as landfill every year.

How-to-Binder in reverse:
+ Lay binder open/flat
+ Un-screw 3-ring mechanisms
+ Flip cover over (logo facing up)
+ Push down to pop posts out from binder cover
+ Place binder cover in paper/cardboard recycling
+ Keep all binder hardware for new replacement cover

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Wisdom Supply Co.

Minimum $308
San Anselmo, CA
We're plastic pollution and waste activists turned entrepreneurs - still fanatics about preventing waste, but now we have desks, and employees. We think it's nuts that school and office supplies are almost exclusively plastic, vinyl, spiral-bound, and designed to be thrown "away" resulting in tens of thousands of tons of permanent waste, pollution, and landfill every year. There is so little in terms of alternatives out there that we've evolved into product designers and solution finders. A wall of disposable school supplies that we pulled out of trash cans and dumpsters on the last day of school is the first thing you see when you walk into our offices - a jarring visual reminder of why we come to work every day. We want authentically recyclable, repairable, and reusable products to be the norm in every classroom, office, and retailer; be it a big box or mom and pop. Plastic, vinyl, and spiral-bound supplies have got to go, for good.