PILOT Pens from Recycled Plastic


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By Kara A. DiCamillio

We are starting to see more and more items made from recycled materials, and one of the most popular materials seems to be recycled bottles. They have made appearances in clothes, handbags, and most recently carpeting for the new Ford Focus Electric cars. So when I saw the new PILOT pen recently while purchasing a few office items at Staples I cannot say that I was surprised, but I was definitely excited and picked up a couple of packs.

The new B2P, or Bottle 2 Pen, gel roller from PILOT is part of a bigger company initiative called BeGreen. Through the program, plastic bottles are collected and fed through a shredder. All the plastic is then melted and cut into pellets which, in turn, are shaped into the PILOT BeGreen pens.

The company’s website states that “almost every hour, close to 250,000 plastic bottles enter the landfills and comprise close to 50 percent of the recyclable waste.”

According to PILOT, these pens are made from 89 percent recycled content. It’s retractable and one of the best features is that it’s refillable, so we can reuse the plastic portion over and over again. The new B2P PILOT comes in blue, black, and red ink and personally, I love the packaging as well. The pen itself mimics a water bottle and PILOT has done a great job of the design of the packaging where it stands out from the pack on the shelf.

There are currently 10 pens from PILOT, range from ball points to permanent markers, made with recycled content. They are priced about the same as other brands, so Sierra Club Green Home hopes that more companies will take PILOT’s lead. The B2P sells for $2.49 – $27.48.


For related article, see:
Be the Office Eco-Hero!

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