The decomposition book

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I’m not alone in my appreciation of Mead’s classic composition notebooks.

At the National Stationery Show, I discovered a clever riff on that tradition: the so-called Decomposition Book. (The company has apparently been there in years past, though I didn’t happen to walk past its booth until last week.)

Decomposition Books are made from 100% recycled, chlorine-free, post-consumer waste paper and printed with soy ink. There are a variety of cover designs, and the size is roughly equivalent to that of the better-known Meads. What’s more, the manufacturer, Michael Roger, just moved to my neighborhood in Brooklyn! They’re out on the pier near the Fairway, for those of you who are familiar with Red Hook.

The paper seems thin to me, though Office Supply Geek tested it a few years ago with various pens and got decent enough results… I surrendered my own sample to my husband after I saw him flip through it longingly.

2 thoughts on “The decomposition book

  1. I bought a Decomposition Book from Michael Roger and the 100% post-consumer-waste recycled paper is just awful. It soaks up ink like a sponge and bleeds through to the next page. It is a horrible choice for writing with a fountain pen. Even fountain pens with fine nibs will bleed through. For the money I could have purchased 2 Claire Fontaine books of similar size, and I wish I had.

  2. I have used Decomposition books since I found one at Powell’s here in Portland. It is a decent notebook and the paper thinness is not as bad if one chooses their pen wisely. Great way to feel a little green.

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