1000 Flowers for the Planet - #476 Use Recycled Paper Pens
Recently I wrote about the problem created by pens and how they end up in landfill because they are seldom recycled (Flower #460 Recycle Writing Pens). I’ve encouraged people to use a metal fountain pen (Flower #77) or even a mechanical pencil (Flower #78) because they will last a long time. But recently I stumbled across a fantastic idea – a paper pencil. See it at: http://www.buyecogreen.com.au/writing--stationery-c107/pens---recycled-paper-c107113
This is good news. Not only is the body of the pen made from recycled paper, it also means that the body can be recycled again, or at worst it can be composted where it will return to nature. If you’ve ever walked into a major stationery chain store and walked down the pen aisle you’ll have noticed how many pens are being sold. These will all end up in landfill unless we change our habits. Creating a recycled paper pen is a good start, because whilst we still need to resolve the inner working of the pen, this pen is reducing our impact on the planet. There are many other pens out there claiming to be eco-friendly, but they come with plastic tips and ends, which defeats the purpose. Buy a pen without plastic or you defeat the purpose.