Saturday, June 14, 2008

Day 54 of our Green Year: Biodegradable Pens

Layla and I are writers. Working from home, we write books for clients and also write our own books. As a result, pens are a big part of our lives. We use them to write out notes, write out ideas, pretty much write out everything.

Until we started doing Our Green Year, we never thought about the pens we use and throw away. However, since we are trying to be net-zero in our impact on the environment, the question came up of "what do we do with our pens?"

Thankfully, there are companies out there that actually specialize in green products and the one we chose was the Grass Roots Store (, which sells environmentally friendly products. So, from here we went and bought some biodegradable pens. Yes, that is right, biodegradable pens. You can actually compost them!
They are made from corn, and are completely environmentally friendly, so this is big for Layla and I because now we can make notes on our recycled paper with biodegradable pens and be completely net-zero in our writing lives.

Layla and I will also be buying more green products from the Grass Roots Store to go with Our Green Year, so stay tuned!
If you know of another store that sells environmentally friendly products, please let us know!

Lastly, here is a nice statistic to show you just how large this pen problem is. Every single year, around the world, TEN BILLION pens are thrown away....that is a lot of plastic and ink.