If we are talking strictly zero-waste...daily, monthly, + yearly planning can all be done digitally without a piece of paper in sight. There are calendars you can share with your significant others + reminders that can ding in your pocket. All of these sound amazing...but, well...not for me.
I like something that I can see. I like the feel of a pen in my hand. I like to see my own handwriting. It just seems friendlier somehow...not so business-like and rigid.
Last year's calendar, for me, was a fun exercise in monthly creativity + I enjoyed it very much (once I set aside the time to do it). I used the back of the previous year's calendar pages to create a whole new one. It was a great zero-waste project...and I'll have fun repurposing that calendar even further now that all the pages are filled up.
This year I would like some more space to write...breaks, trips, concerts + cleaning jobs (see how I led with the fun stuff?). :) (This is our tribe's collective calendar. I sort of bullet journal for my personal planning.) Instead of spending a lot of money for a calendar, I purchased a printable template on etsy. I'm sure it is possible to make one of these myself, but I don't feel the least bit bad about spending $5 + supporting someone else's creativity. There are a bunch of minimal designs available (a few I like are here, here + here). This one would be nice clipped together on a clipboard...each month a child's drawing, seed packet, autumn leaf, or special photo could be clipped on too. Oh, and this one is free! I like the minimal designs best, but there are plenty with more decorative designs...just search "printable calendar".
The calendar I chose is one of the most versitile templates in that it can be used month after month, year after year. I just fill in the numbers + the month. I can hang it on the wall clipped together on a clipboard...or use sheet by sheet...on my fridge.
OK, 2017, let's do this!