Product Type: Ecozone in Homeware
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Ecozone Eco Stapler
Member Name: CrazyEgg
Ecozone Eco Stapler
Date: 05/02/13, updated on 24/08/13 (77 review reads)
Advantages: Does not require staples
Disadvantages: Will only staple a few sheets of paper
I've lost track of the number of biros I've broken, attempting to prise a jammed staple from the end of a traditional style stationery stapler, using the first thing that came to hand. I own a variety of traditional staplers, though I swear I've never actually bought one. One is advertising a recruitment agency, another came I think from a 'Luxury Christmas Cracker' (you can imagine the excitement), the other four... well, that's anyone's guess. Possibly borrowed from former colleagues, in the days when I was in paid employment.
The Ecozone stapler is the only stapler that I have ever parted with cash for. It has solved many of my staple-based difficulties. You see, the Ecozone stapler does not require staples!! There is no possibility of a staple getting bent or jammed within its inner workings because it does not require any. This feature also solves my other dilemma of: why within my special pencil case of staple refills is there not a correctly sized chunk of staples for whichever stapler it is that I have managed to lay my hands on? The perspicacious amongst you will recognise that my jamming issue is exacerbated by my failure to buy the appropriate staples for each stapler and insistence upon using the 'best-fit' from my collection of staples. In my defence I must point out that they do tend to work for a few clunks before the jam occurs.
Nevertheless, I dance for joy in the knowledge that this Ecozone stapler can never cease to operate because it has 'run out', and I will never have to scour a catalogue for a correctly coded box of refills. This is because the Ecozone stapler joins paper by cutting out a small flap of paper from the pages you are joining, folding it over, and tucking it in. It is operated in the same manner as a traditional stapler: you amalgamate the pages, tuck them into the mouth of the stapler and squeeze. The pages are securely fastened.
Why invent such a stapler? Well, the Ecozone label gives you a hint. The general idea is that traditional steel or aluminium staples are wasteful in terms of natural resources. Also, since few people save and recycle their staples so those seemingly inconsequential bits of metal end up in landfill, where they take a long time to decay, if at all.
Are there any other advantages to the Ecozone stapler? Yes! You may have had occasion to work with old documents that have been stapled. In my experience these old staples may sometimes have rusted, leaving an orangey stain on the paper (sometimes rendering valuable text indecipherable, in the centre of old exercise books for example), and sometimes they corrode and break, whereas when new they are very tricky to bend back and remove from the document, should you wish to discretely insert an extra page. The Ecozone stapler will never leave a rusty mark, and the pages can be parted again if a certain amount of pressure is applied. Whether a new page can be inserted discretely or not is down to the skill of the Ecozone stapler operator.
Size-wise the Ecozone stapler is very portable being light and small. It sits comfortably on the palm of your hand.
Downsides? The Ecozone stapler is not a heavy-duty stapler. I can staple a maximum of seven sheets of medium quality printer paper together, but add an eighth sheet and I can't operate the stapler.
You might think that the above point means there is an in-built mechanism preventing jamming, however, sadly this is not the case and I have known my Ecozone stapler to jam. Still, it was easy to un-jam- I just grabbed a biro...
The Ecozone stapler is a sound investment at £4.99, with no further outlay required.
Summary: A good investment for those challenged by the traditional stapler
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