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Le Kraft Refillable Leather Notebook (Small)
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Cuba Libre is a rare, unique leather, tanned with water, not chrome, that will protect your notebook pages from the elements. Though the name conjures Cuban culture, bringing to mind, say, the color of Cuban cigar wrappers, it is in fact produced in a century old tannery in a French mountain region of L’Aveyron.
The perforated, 100% kraft paper, held to the cover with lightweight rivets, is exclusively manufactured from the maritime pinelands of Gascogne, which grow 15,000 hectares per year. The growth is due to the resourceful, cyclical process Le Kraft preaches, which requires that every scrap, from by-products of maintenance (branches, tops of trees, and wood thinnings) to wood processes (sawmill wastes) be used.
For the unlined, white pages which don't come with the notebook but are available as a refill, Le Kraft partnered with Gascogne to develop a coating solution to make their white kraft paper colored as brilliantly as regular paper without creating heavy CO2 emissions. Their choice to use ozone bleaching instead of conventional scouring and bleaching is just one example of the deliberation and care they have for their raw materials, and their priority for sustainable processes. Le Kraft is not a mainstream company trying to save a buck. In fact, they call themselves “the least productive producer of notebooks in the western world.”
As you fill the notebook up, it's recommended to tear pages out and file them (with fewer pages, the binding bends back easier). To refill, use a flathead screwdriver (or your fingers) to unscrew the binding. Remove the used pages, file them or recycle them, and refill the notebook with fresh pages.
Le Kraft has been producing long-lasting paper
from the Gascogne forests since the 1930s, where sustainability and innovation
collide and nature prevails. Nearly 135 different species inhabit their
forests, leading the paper to only source from sustainable species like pine,
fir, birch, and eucalyptus. The Gascogne mill is forest management
certified and the Le Kraft offers a self-sufficient manufacturing process,
recycling all of its materials, creating their own energy, and ultimately
producing fine, quality paper for writing, drawing, painting or wrapping.