In 2018, there was a lot of news about plastics and the environment. In short, we’re all better off using less wherever we can. Many have taken to switching to biodegradable and compostable trash bags, including several city- and state-wide regulations on organic trash. But with all this hype, there’s also naturally a ton of misleading information and marketing out there.
In this guide, we’ll cut through the rubbish and break down exactly what you should look for when choosing a biodegradable or compostable trash bag. At the end, if you’re still stuck, we’ve also got a list of our 10 favorites for you to start your search.
Thickening at the slightest application of pressure, but also able to come to a fine point. Shifting easily from dark to light and back again. Calligraphy (or brush) pens are invaluable tools not just for calligraphy or the writing of Chinese characters or illustrating wall scrolls, but also for a wide variety of Western and fusion art as well. And quality matters.
Japan is known for calligraphy, for ink art, and for stationery, so wouldn’t it make sense that some of the best calligraphy pens come from this island country? In order to introduce you to a few, we ordered the 15 most popular brush pens from Japan’s e-commerce giants (such as Amazon, Rakuten, and kakaku.com) and tested for the following:
- How Well It Writes
- How the Ink Transfers and Its Depth of Color
- How Thick It is
This is how we tested and found the most exceptional Japanese calligraphy and brush pens.
The lead in mechanical pencils is fine, which is both a blessing and a curse. Yes, it makes the pencil easier to control and fine print easier to write, but it also has an annoying habit of snapping. However, Japan, which excels in both engineering and stationery, has flooded the market with mechanical pencils designed not to snap.
So which of these mechanical pencils live up to their promises and which are dupes? To answer those questions, we ordered the 8 most popular mechanical pencils (that claim to be unsnappable) from Japan’s e-commerce giants (such as Amazon, Rakuten, and kakaku.com) and tested for the following:
- How Well Protected the Lead is
- How the Grip Felt
- How Balanced the Pencil is
- How Easy It is to Write
This is how we tested and found the most exceptional Japanese mechanical pencils that don’t break.
Highlighters are indispensable study assistants. It’s their job to point out and help you remember the most vital parts of your notes, a textbook, documents. You don’t want to skimp on them. And here in Japan, where the market for stationery gets ever more competitive, we have some of the most innovative highlighters in the world, including ones that are retractable, erasable, fast-drying.
In fact, we have so much to offer, it’s hard to pick out the best. That’s why, this time around, we ordered the 14 most popular highlighters from Japan’s e-commerce giants (such as Amazon, Rakuten, and kakaku.com) and tested for the following:
- How Easily It Writes
- How Quickly It Dries
- How Functional It is
- How Rich the Color is
This is how we tested and found the most exceptional Japanese highlighters.
You’d think gel pens would be straightforward. But in Japan, where stationery makers are all vying for the top spot in a heated market, even the smallest improvement in design and the faintest sparkling of genius can make a difference. And wouldn’t you, the stationery buff, like to know what gel pens are currently the most prized in Japan?
So this time around, we ordered the 15 most popular gel pens from Japan’s e-commerce giants (such as Amazon, Rakuten, and kakaku.com) and tested for the following:
- How the Grip Felt
- The Color, Feel, and Depth of the Ink
- How the Nib Felt against Paper
- Fastness of the Ink
This is how we tested and found the most exceptional Japanese gel pens.
To some, the thought of using a handkerchief seems outdated and even kind of gross. But with the recent rise in eco-consciousness, handkerchiefs seem to be making a comeback. Better for the environment, better for your wallet, and with a wide variety of styling colors and designs, it’s hard to argue against them.
But the whole point of owning a handkerchief is to always have it on you so that you’re not reaching for a disposable option. Which means it’s important that you have one you actually want to use. This guide will help you choose the handkerchief that best fits your needs. At the end, we’ve also got a list of our 10 favorites to help you get started on your search.
At some point in our lives, we all need to hang something on a wall. Whether you’re a parent proudly showing off your child’s art or a college student decorating a dorm room, there’s always something new to be displayed. Unfortunately, a lot of times putting things up on the wall also means ruining walls. But while heavier items may actually require some nail pounding, lighter objects like posters and pictures can easily be mounted with some mounting putty.
However, there are seemingly endless amounts of mounting putty out there, and almost all of it looks the same. So naturally, it can be a pretty tough decision. Luckily, we’ve put together this quick guide to help you find one that works for your needs. If you still find that you’re having a hard time choosing, we also have a list of our ten favorite mounting putties for you to consider.
One of the hardest parts of travel is packing. Choosing what to bring, getting everything to fit, making sure it’s under the weight limit–it can be exhausting! The last thing you think about is how you’re storing your jewelry. And yet, when you’re unpacking at your destination, it’s your jewelry that gives you the most problems as you scramble to untangle necklaces and match single earrings.
That’s why travel jewelry organizers can be a godsend. A lot of jewelry organizers look very similar, so choosing the best one can be a challenge if you don’t know what you need. Luckily we’ve got this quick guide to help you figure out how an organizer could help you. If you’re still stuck after that, we’ve also put together a list of our ten favorites to get you started on your search.
Raise your hand if you can’t stop eating at your desk. (Over half of us here are guilty of that crime.) Over time, dust accumulates. Oils accumulate. Cheetos powder and Doritos flakes and Oreo crumbs accumulate. Before you know it, there’s enough gunk and goo under your keyboard keys to give birth to another Flubber.
And you haven’t got the most delicate of movements, so you don’t trust yourself to pop off the keys for a good cleaning–that is, without breaking anything. (We feel you.) So we came up with a list of easier, less risky keyboard cleaning alternatives and a guide to help you figure out which cleaner is right for you.
There’s a bunch of names for these; survival kits, emergency kits, evacuation kits, earthquake kits, or bug-out bags. Bug out, by the way, originally meant to retreat, usually under enemy fire. When used in a civilian context, it means to leave in a hurry because some disaster’s happened–whether it be man-made, natural, or zombie spore-induced.
All these names should clue you in to the different way survival kits are used: to prepare for an evacuation, or stay alive when stranded in the wild. That’s why there are so many different kinds of kits. So, be you camper, hiker, mother, or zombie hunter, let’s talk about how to find one that’s right for you.