Im trying to mix things up a little bit so we will be taking a break from the usual office supplies such as pens and notebooks, to take a look at the Made by Humans Staple Free Stapler. I picked this up on my trip to Boston when I stopped at a great little store called Black Ink with lots of office supplies and stationery type items. I forgot to mention this store on my Office Supply Geek’s Tour of Boston post, so Ill have to update that one to include them.
The Staple Free Stapler really goes a step beyond your usual “hey lets save some paper” or “recycle that toner” thought that most of us have. It targets what is probably at best an after thought for most, the staple. Sure staples are small, but they are made of metal, and they do require fossil fuels to manufacture and ship. Additionally they do add weight to pamphlets and booklets that are put together and shipped which uses more fuel to transport them. For those reasons I think it is great that someone took the step of trying to reduce some of the waste and strain put on our environment due to their use.
Tthe Staple Free Stapler cuts a hole through the paper in an upside down “U” shape. That U shape acts as a tab which slides through another lower horizontally placed cut made in the same punching action when you press down on the stapler. The above image from the package shows a good step by step of how to use it, but if you can use a regular stapler then this should be a no brainer. If you CANT use a regular stapler, well then Im not sure how you figured out how to fire up that computer and get to this point here, but you may want to go back and give that regular stapler another try now. 😉
If you look at the upper left corner of the image above, you can see the results on the front of a stack of 4 sheets of paper when fastened with the Staple Free Stapler. It creates a nice clean cut and tucks the tab into the paper leaving no scrap paper, and your papers are now securely fastened. The next photo shows the back side of the same stack of papers (look in the upper right hand corner now) to hopefully give you the full picture of how this cool little stapler works.
Like many environmentally friendly office supplies, one is usually left to wonder about the quality or the performance of the item, but so far this little guy has held up pretty well, even after I blatantly ignored the “up to 4 sheets” suggestion and did multiple tests on 8 sheets. I’m not sure what the long term outlook would be if one used this for more than 4 sheets on a regular basis in high volume, but I can tell you that the 10-12 times I did it on 8 sheets, it did not seem to stress the device and I did not have to apply more than a very slight bit of extra pressure.
One benefit of this stapler that is not related to its environmentally friendly qualities is that as a guy with short finger nails, I can almost NEVER get staples out of a stack of papers once it has been fastened, but with this stapler that is totally not the case. It is very easy to just loosen up the tucked in tab and slide it out so you can have full access to each individual sheet of paper. The only bad thing is that its not quite as easy to put back together again. I still appreciate not having sharp metal edges jammed under my fingernails though so its nice. Overall this is a nice little stapler that is probably worth the $8ish or so you can usually find them for, Amazon.com has them here if you are looking for something to add to hit that free shipping limit. You are not going to save the planet by purchasing one, but its just one more small thing that everyone can do and it all adds up. Happy stapling!