Environmentally unfriendly protective covers discarded for a few cents
Why are these things actually made of plastic? The covers are supposed to protect the notebooks from dirt and dog-ears. But from moisture? Maybe superficially from a few splashes. But if something leaks, even the plastic cover won’t help. Only the prices are convincing: MacGeiz offers booklet covers for 15 cents each. Alternatives? Solid recycled paper. Prices for higher-quality versions are around five euros for ten pieces. There are also numerous instructions on the web for homemade envelopes made from recycled paper and fabrics from discarded clothing.
Malte Biss, flustix founder, strongly recommends using envelopes made from recycled paper. Biss says, “Plastic staplers and envelopes are particularly harmful to the environment. They are mostly made of cheap plastic in Asia, don’t last long and end up in the trash after a very short time.” Particularly curious: “The sleeves themselves are not considered packaging, so officially they are not even allowed in the yellow bag. But if ten sleeves of them are packed in a plastic cover, the cover of the sleeves may go into the recycling garbage can.” Absurd. In the case of high-quality protective sleeves, we actually recommend the “intelligent misthrow” into the yellow garbage can sometimes.
Oh yes, the price difference: ten booklet covers made of recycled paper are about 3.50 euros more expensive than the cheap offer from MacGeiz. But if you like to tinker, you can also make your own covers from recycled paper. It’s fun and free of charge.