Product Development Services in Toronto MAKO Loves the SL8 Notepad!

SL8: Waterproof Notebooks & Sketchbooks

As a company that provides product development services in Toronto, we were excited to learn about SL8. An incredible and environmentally-friendly stationery invention design. Based in the UK, SL8 was founded recently in May 2021. At first glance, the SL8 may seem like typical, high-quality sketchbooks and notepads. However, every one of their products is completely waterproof! Indeed, MAKO’s team that provides product development services in Toronto thinks it’s the perfect invention for every aspiring inventor. Never lose your ideas to coffee or water stains ever again!

SL8 stationery invention design

The Problem Worth Solving

The United Nations reported that to mitigate irreversible damage to our environment, our global carbon pollution must be halved in the next 10 years. However, MAKO’s team that provides product development services in Toronto was surprised about how it’s trending in the opposite direction. As SL8 points out, there has been a 1.7 and 2.8 percent increase in carbon emissions in 2017 and 2018, respectively. Now, think about typical tree-based notepads and sketchbooks. Did you know that deforestation, the act of razing trees the wood pulp required to make conventional notepads and sketchbooks, accounts for 12 to 17 percent of annual global greenhouse gas emissions?

SL8 | Waterproof Sketches & Notes

SL8 aims to solve this problem by providing people with an environmentally friendly alternative. How? They use stone to make their high-quality notepads and sketchbooks! Our team that provides product development services in Toronto loves that these books are 100 percent waterproof, stain-resistant and tear-resistant experience page after page. They currently offer a standard notebook, a sketchbook, and a luxury notebook. Their standard notebook comes in A4 to A7 lined pages and has a sleek black finish. The sketchbook only comes only in A4 size but with blank pages and the same beautiful finish as their standard notebook.

The last one is our product development services team’s favorite, SL8’s luxury notepad, the Luxe. It’s simply a beauty to behold. It comes in two sophisticated finishes, black and tan. On the front cover is a sheath to hold your pen or pencil. On the inside of the covers are plenty of pockets to store business cards, memos, and other items to help keep you organized. You’ll also have the peace of mind that your pages will be secure thanks to the magnetic flap. So before you come for our product development services at MAKO, why not pick up an SL8 note or sketchbook to help bring your idea to life!


About: MAKO Design + Invent is the original firm providing world-class consumer product development services tailored to startups, small manufacturers, and inventors. Simply put, we are the leading one-stop-shop for developing your physical product from idea to store shelves, all in a high-quality, cost-effective, and timely manner. We operate as one powerhouse 30-person product design team spread across 4 offices to serve you (Austin, Miami, San Francisco, & Toronto). We have full-stack in-house industrial designmechanical engineeringelectrical engineeringpatent referralprototyping, and manufacturing services. To assist our startup and inventor clients, in addition to above, we help with business strategy, product strategy, marketing, and sales/distribution for all consumer product categories. Also, our founder Kevin Mako hosts The Product Startup Podcast, the industry's leading hardware podcast. Check it out for tips, interviews, and best practices for hardware startups, inventors, and product developers. Click HERE to learn more about MAKO Design + Invent!

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