ffaun | Sustainable Notebooks & Diaries

by Amy McIlhenny in Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom

We did it
On 24th October 2019 we successfully raised £2,125 with 34 supporters in 28 days

ffaun aims to produce a range of sustainable notebooks and 2020 diaries, bound entirely by hand using vegan leather and recycled papers

by Amy McIlhenny in Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom

New stretch target

Any extra money would go towards buying equipment for the ffaun studio – things which aren't currently essential but which would make the production process that bit easier, like a guillotine for trimming pages and a bigger book press. It would also help fund the development of new designs using even more sustainable materials like totally natural pineapple leather and cork, which are currently inaccessible due to large minimum order quantities and costs.


I'm Amy, a designer and bookbinder, originally from the Highlands of Scotland and now living and working in Glasgow – via brief stints in Aberdeen, Saint Étienne in France and Edinburgh. I work as a freelance designer and started ffaun as a way of using my design skills to help the environment and bring some good to the world, whilst getting to explore my love of working with my hands instead of on a computer screen.

I set up ffaun with the aim of creating a sustainable, beautiful and functional alternative to big-brand stationery companies. 

Our habits and buying choices are endangering the planet we rely on to survive; the stationery industry contributes to this, with over 380,000,000 tonnes of new paper having been produced this year alone. Recycling one tonne of paper saves around 2,500 litres of oil, 26,500 litres of water and 17 trees – that's why all ffaun books are produced using 100% recycled paper. They are bound entirely by hand, with vegan leather covers for added eco-credentials. They are designed to challenge the industry standard of using unsustainable materials and production methods to produce stationery, without costing a fortune or damaging our environment.

Our world is saturated these days with disposable products thoughtlessly created just to be thrown away. ffaun's aim is to change this by making beautiful, timeless books which can be used and cherished. All our materials are sourced from UK-based suppliers, keeping our carbon footprint as low as possible. Your support will contribute to a more sustainable future.

I am crowdfunding in order to create a range of notebooks and diaries for the coming year. Both the diaries and notebooks will be available in a range of three colourways; navy blue cover with brown inner cover; olive green cover with blush pink inner cover and grey with midnight blue inner cover. The vegan leather covers are made from luxuriously soft PU leather with a fine grain and the inner pages are 100% recycled. The notebook pages are blank while the diaries are page-per-week, designed by me to be minimal and functional, and digitally printed onto 100% recycled stock. Each book has a date stamp at the back showing when it was lovingly hand-bound, and making it completely unique. They each also have a pocket in the inside back cover for stashing loose sheets (and any other interesting things you find lying around).

I have created a range of reward packages for varying budgets and uses. A £20 donation comes with a reward of a blank notebook in one of the following colours: Navy Blue with stone brown inner cover, Olive Green with blush pink inner cover or Grey with midnight blue inner cover.

A £25 pledge comes with a reward of a 2020 diary in one of the above colours.

A £40 pledge comes with a choice of rewards; either a notebook and diary duo, in your choice of colour (they can be matching or different, it's up to you!) or a personalised diary hand-painted with your choice of initial by signwriter Rachel E Millar:

The funds raised through this Crowdfunder will enable orders to be placed for the materials and printing required to produce a limited range of special edition notebooks and diaries for 2020. Having a base of pre-orders in the form of Crowdfunder pledges will mean accurate order quantities can be placed, meaning fewer waste materials and thus a lower carbon footprint and more sustainable products. 

Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£40 or more

4 of 15 claimed

Vegan Leather Diary & Notebook Duo

A page-per-week 2020 diary and a blank notebook. The diary pages are digitally printed onto white recycled paper, while the blank notebook pages are also 100% recycled. Both books have a pocket inside the back cover to hold loose sheets, and a unique date stamp showing when they were lovingly hand-bound. They will be delivered in time for Christmas, making them a perfect gift! We will contact you for your colour choices.

£5 or more

Thank you!

In addition to eternal gratitude, you'll receive a discount code for 20% off your next purchase from the ffaun.co online store.

£20 or more

4 of 10 claimed

Vegan Leather Notebook | Grey & Midnight Blue

A blank notebook hand bound with a luxurious grey vegan leather cover and midnight blue inner cover and 40 pages of 100% recycled soft white paper. The notebook has a pocket inside the back cover to hold loose sheets, and a unique date stamp showing when it was lovingly hand-bound. They'll be delivered in time for Christmas, making them a perfect gift!

£20 or more

2 of 10 claimed

Vegan Leather Notebook | Navy Blue & Stone

A blank notebook hand bound with a luxurious navy blue vegan leather cover and stone brown inner cover and 40 pages of 100% recycled soft white paper. The notebook has a pocket inside the back cover to hold loose sheets, and a unique date stamp showing when it was lovingly hand-bound. They'll be delivered in time for Christmas, making them a perfect gift!

£20 or more

1 of 10 claimed

Vegan Leather Notebook | Olive Green & Pink

A blank notebook hand bound with a luxurious olive green vegan leather cover and blush pink inner cover and 40 pages of 100% recycled soft white paper. The notebook has a pocket inside the back cover to hold loose sheets, and a unique date stamp showing when it was lovingly hand-bound. They'll be delivered in time for Christmas, making them a perfect gift!

£25 or more

13 of 20 claimed

Vegan Leather 2020 Diary | Olive Green & Pink

A page-per-week 2020 diary, hand bound with a luxurious olive green vegan leather cover and blush pink inner cover. The pages have been minimally designed for practicality in the ffaun studio, and are digitally printed onto white recycled paper. The diary has a pocket inside the back cover to hold loose sheets, and a unique date stamp showing when it was lovingly hand-bound. They'll be delivered in time for Christmas, making them a perfect gift!

£25 or more

2 of 20 claimed

Vegan Leather 2020 Diary | Grey & Midnight Blue

A page-per-week 2020 diary, hand bound with a luxurious grey vegan leather cover and midnight blue inner cover. The pages have been minimally designed for practicality in the ffaun studio, and are digitally printed onto white recycled paper. The diary has a pocket inside the back cover to hold loose sheets, and a unique date stamp showing when it was lovingly hand-bound. They'll be delivered in time for Christmas, making them a perfect gift!

£25 or more

2 of 20 claimed

Vegan Leather 2020 Diary | Navy Blue & Stone

A page-per-week 2020 diary, hand bound with a luxurious navy blue vegan leather cover and stone brown inner cover. The pages have been minimally designed for practicality in the ffaun studio, and are digitally printed onto white recycled paper. The diary has a pocket inside the back cover to hold loose sheets, and a unique date stamp showing when it was lovingly hand-bound. They'll be delivered in time for Christmas, making them a perfect gift!

£40 or more

1 of 5 claimed

2020 Diary Personalised by Rachel E Millar

A page-per-week 2020 diary, hand bound with a luxurious vegan leather cover. Choose your diary colour and a letter and colour to have the front cover personalised by signwriter Rachel E Millar. The pages have been minimally designed for practicality in the ffaun studio, and are digitally printed onto white recycled paper. Featuring a pocket and unique date stamp. They'll be delivered in time for Christmas, making them a perfect gift!


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