Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Plant-A-Pen from Paper Mate

The kids have been fascinated with recycling, reusing and repurposing for as long as I can remember. And now that we are in a house with our own yard that we can dig up as we please, they are getting interested in all things related to the dirt. We have spent a lot of time talking about composting and are planning to start composting as soon as we get a few other things crossed off our to-do lists. The kids are thrilled that they'll have a part in that process.

Needless to say, when I saw this review opportunity come through my email, I knew I couldn't pass it up! (Oh, the things I do for my kids! Such a selfless mother, right?)

Paper Mate recently introduced a new line of biodegradable pens and mechanical pencils. When all the ink or lead is used up, you break it down and toss the biodegradable components into the dirt or your compost bin. Within a year, it will be completely broken down. How cool is that?

I was a little hesitant about the writing quality of the pens though. I am VERY picky when it comes to my pens! I was worried that these would write like erasable pens or something similar. So I was pleasantly surprised with the smooth flow of ink. Both of our pens did get that circle of ink around the tip that turns your fingers blue, but that's not a very big issue with me, especially when you consider all the things this pen has going for it. (Just thought I'd mention it though, in case you don't like that trait in a pen.)

We will definitely be picking up a few more of the mechanical pencils when we do our back-to-school shopping this weekend. They are Isabelle's pencil of choice now! Plus, we get a fun family project to do together that we can all feel good about. There's not many pens or pencils that offer that as an added perk!

I WROTE THIS REVIEW WHILE PARTICIPATING IN A BLOG TOUR CAMPAIGN BY MOM CENTRAL ON BEHALF OF PAPER MATE AND RECEIVED THE PRODUCTS NECESSARY TO FACILITATE MY REVIEW. IN ADDITION, I RECEIVED A GIFT CERTIFICATE TO THANK ME FOR TAKING THE TIME TO PARTICIPATE.

3 comments:

Darlene 'Dee' Bishop 10:05 AM  

What a neat idea! People are so creative. I would never have thought they could make a biodegradeable pen. I'll have to look for it locally to give it try.

FindSavings 6:28 PM  

I love pens and pencils. I actually walked down the stationary aisle just to see if anything new has come out and I have never seen these! Is PaperMate the only company to have a biodegradable pen and pencil? That is awesome. I will have to pick some up. Thanks for posting.

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