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Green Pencils and Pens

Green Pencils and Pens

Every year Americans discard 1.6 million pens. Placed end to end, they would stretch 151 miles—equivalent to crossing the state of Rhode Island almost four times!

This is the time of year when many of us are busy buying school and office supplies. Here is a great listing of environmentally-conscious pens and pencils to help us to make better choices for the earth.

Although we throw them away, they can impact the environment in ways we do not often think about. Pens, pencils and markers are often tossed into the garbage and not recycled or reused. Their components and packaging are made from non-renewable resources and can contain environmentally damaging chemicals.

  • As consumers, we can make educated decisions in our purchasing of these items–decisions that will help to lessen their impact upon our natural environment.
  • Many companies presently carry one to several lines of products which have positive environmental attributes. These attributes include recycled content, refillable options, nontoxic inks and more environmentally responsible packaging.
  • Green Seal has surveyed manufacturers and distributors and has recommended products in various categories for our product table. The Recommended Products Table contains information on manufacturers and brands.

To read Green Seal’s environmental rating and recommends brands of 15 pens, 20 pencils, three markers, and two crayons—as well as information on recycled content, refillability, packaging and availability of writing instruments—download Green Seal’s Choose Green Report. Although this report was published in 1998, it is still relevant.

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Adapted from a Green Seal Choose Green Report, by Green Seal. Copyright (c) by Green Seal. Reprinted by permission of Green Seal.
A Green Seal Choose Green Report, by Green Seal.

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8:12PM PDT on Oct 24, 2011

great article, thanks :)

8:11PM PDT on Oct 24, 2011

great article, thanks :)

3:24PM PDT on Oct 16, 2011


9:00AM PDT on Oct 16, 2011

If you write with a fountain pen rather than a biro that can help. And it makes your handwriting look better. (Using the non-cartridge kind is best because then you're not throwing the cartridge away.)

4:17PM PDT on Oct 15, 2011

Thanks Annie
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11:24AM PDT on Oct 15, 2011

i am starting to purchase more and more green products and pens and pencils are on that list

1:31PM PST on Jan 2, 2011

A company called TreeSmart has been making recycled pencils for some time now. I really like their pencils.

12:45PM PST on Nov 23, 2009

Forgot to add the link:

12:44PM PST on Nov 23, 2009 sells pencils made from newspapers:

3:21PM PDT on Aug 31, 2009

Pental makes the HyperG pen that is safe for people non toxic and Eath safe(recycology). Personally speaking I really like this pen as it is comfortable and has nice inking. I am so happy that Pental uses science for things like reducing, reusing and recycling makes me feel better about buying their products :)

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