Paper Mate Launches Line of Biodegradable Pens

Posted on May 4, 2010

Paper Mate Biodegradable Pen

Newell Rubbermaid's Paper Mate brand is launching the first widely available line of biodegradable pens and mechanical pencils. The pens and penciles break down in soil/home compost in about a year. The compostable components of these pens and pencils are a bio-plastic made from plant-derived sugar. When disassembled and placed in yard soil or home compost, they decompose in about a year. The products are packaged in 100-percent PVC-free recyclable material.

The Paper Mate Biodegradable pen is available in black, blue, red or purple ink and retails for approximately $1.70. The mechanical pencil comes in 0.5mm or 0.7mm lead sizes and retails for about $2.70. Both are currently available in the United States and Canada and will be available globally later this year.

Paper Mate says the majority of the Paper Mate Biodegradable pen and pencil components biodegrade in soil or home compost in about a year. The packaging contains disassembly instructions. More details can be found on Paper Mate's biodegradable website, which also has a how it works page.
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