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Moleskine Volant vs A Cheap Notebook Called Greenroom

11/24/2013

Never one to skip perusing the paper products aisle, two weeks ago a couple of notebooks caught my interest at Target. One was the Moleskine Volant in pink and magenta for $5.99 and a very colorful Greenroom recycled notebook for a mere $1.99. How do they compare?

Moleskine Volant and Greenroom Notebook

The Volant comes in a set of two, each with 28 lined detachable pages that measure  6.5 x 10.5 cm. The paper is acid-free and manufactured in China. The Taiwanese Greenroom notebook is spiral-bound with 60 pages that measure 10 x 15 cm. It is made with 60-70% recycled fiber and printed with non-toxic soy-based ink. The cover feels like propylene and is waterproof. The sticker on the front bearing the company logo can be removed for a clear look at that eye-popping cover.

Moleskine and Greenroom Pages

The photo and scans tell the tale.

Moleskine and Greenroom Paper

Moleskine and Greenroom Paper Reverse Side

Greenroom paper has a texture that is very similar to Moleskine though it is thicker and sturdier. For a recycled paper, the Greenroom tolerance for fountain pen ink is above average, but it still feathers and bleeds. Note that none of the nibs used are extra-fine or Asian fine and none of the inks are known as particularly compatible with Moleskine paper. A well-matched pen and ink duo should produce better results, but that would hold true for both notebooks.

For value, the Greenroom is a much better deal. For cachet, nothing beats a Moleskine. <insert sigh>

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3 comments

  1. The downside to these notebooks is definitely the quality. The edges had some uneven cutting, the details mentioned above were crooked, and the paper feels thin. But I like the colors and design, and it’s great to have a dotted paper option. For a very inexpensive, made-in-China, we’re-donating-proceeds kind of item, I guess I shouldn’t complain but I must confess I was hoping for something that would excite me more. Oh well– I’m sure other opinions will differ. Has anyone else tried these yet? What are your thoughts?

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  2. I have been wondering about the Greenroom recycled notebooks that I have seen at Target. Being recycled paper, I was concerned about paper quality, but I can see from your review that it actually held up better than I expected. Thanks so much for the comparison review.

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