Small things can have big impacts. Every year over 10 billion plastic pens worldwide are thrown out and end up in landfill. In Australia alone, over 140 million pens are sold annually, with the majority discarded after a single use and ending up as long-term problematic waste. This results in around 700 tonnes or 1100 cu metres of plastic waste being dumped in local government landfill sites across Australia. (Our calculations based on international and Australian data from 2001-2011).
Now there's a better alternative: Pens which have less environmental impact as the rigid outer tube or casing is made from 100% recycled paper. (The pen refill is a normal ball-point insert). The pen body can be put in the paper recycling bin at the end of its life, or composted.
Help close the recycling loop, by using and reusing recycled products. The recycled pens and pencils in the range come from a variety of manufacturers in the European Community and China as such pens are not made in Australia (indeed hardly any pens are made in Australia these days unfortunately…)