"A vinyl binder is cheaper and more durable."
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:
1" Binder Mechanism
2 Posts + 2 Screws
1 Set of Binder 5-Tab Dividers
1 Slash Pocket Folder
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.