Fall is all about getting back into the swing of school. Homework and projects take over our evenings, as much as we would rather just hang out and relax. Back to school sales at local office supply stores can provide you with some pretty good deals but most of it is mass produced stuff made of plastic. Those cheap pens you buy for $1.00 a package may run out of ink in a few months but they will sit in the landfill for a LONG time! As the green movement takes hold, there are a lot more ecofriendly options when shopping for school and office supplies. I recently received an Acme Eco pen set to review and have found them to be attractive and functional! If you aren’t familiar with Acme, here is some information about them from their website:
Founded in 1985, by Adrian Olabuenaga and Lesley Bailey, ACME released its first collection of fine writing tools in 1997. Always on the cutting edge of design, ACME’s writing tools revolutionized a new concept in the pen industry. Having collaborated with hundreds of top designers over the years, ACME has secured a place in both the pen industry as well as the design industry. In 2009, ACME went further and produced the first bio-degradable, disposable pen with an ergonomic and also Earth friendly design.
ACME Studio produces an assortment of writing instruments, stationery accessories, watches, cufflinks and more.Their products are sold in high-end retail locations worldwide. The pride themselves on their strong relationships with their artists and designers. They have been nominated for numerous design awards and in 2011 released a limited edition Beatles collection.
Acme Eco Pen Set
The Acme Eco Pen is made of a corn starch plastic that is 100% biodegradable. When it is disposed of properly it will break down in approximately one year. The ink cartridge inside the pen housing is not biodegradable, however. Considering the fact that Americans throw out over 1.5 billion ballpoint pens a year and each one takes hundreds of years to decompose, the new Eco Pen is a huge advancement in green living. The pens offer a 3 sided ergonomic grip and are available in 12 different colors. A 12 pack of these biodegradable pens retails for $23.76.
So, I received for my review one 12 pack of Eco Pens from Acme. They arrived in a box that is made of 100% recycled and recyclable cardboard using only soy based inks. The pen casings are an assortment of bright colors ranging from magenta and yellow to orange and purple. The ink itself, however, is all black. I admit, my daughter was disappointed! She really wanted to color with pens that had ink as bright as the outside casing! I thought the pen felt a bit lighter in my hand than I expected. I assume the corn based plastic is not quite as dense as a petroleum based plastic. It was comfortable in my hand and the 3 sided ergonomic section of the pen near the tip made writing very comfortable.
Acme Eco pen colors
The pens are black ink ball point pen the make a smooth, fine line when you write. There is absolutely no smudging, blots of ink, or skipping while you are using these pens. The caps snap on snugly and I really liked the way they worked. I would love to see these pens come in a wide variety of colors! Black is nice but the colors of the pen casings are so pretty I think that having the ink match the outside would be fun.
Whether you are trying to get your kids excited about writing their book report or you just need a greener solution to your everyday writing needs, I think the Acme Eco Pen is a good solution. They are attractive and write very well. The fact that they will not be around in 100 years make me extremely happy! I would certainly buy these if my local office supply store carried them! If you want to find a retailer near you, check out their store locator.
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