Most of your regular Bics are made from non-biodegradable plastics, which when discarded, clog up landfills and find their way into unwanted habitats – mainly, the oceans.
The effects range from polluted habitats to poisonous toxins being released into the environment because like most plastics, disposable pens are notoriously difficult to recycle.
In an attempt to combat the problem, coffee giant Nespresso has partnered with Swiss writing and drawing instruments company Caran d’Ache to produce their second limited edition ballpoint pen, made from, wait for it, recycled coffee capsules.
The result? A pen that’s snazzy, on trend and environmentally conscious.
This year’s edition has been made out of discarded Nespresso Master origins India capsules and is a shade of matt deep green. Why should you buy it?
It celebrates that wonderful thing we call recycling, and according to the guys and gals behind the entire concept, has been made to remind us of the importance of up-cycling.
For those not in the know, aluminium is a super special metal that can be reused and remelted pretty much endlessly. Stocking filler: The stylish pen is made from upcycled aluminium coffee capsules.
Large organisations all over the world work with businesses, communities, individuals and industrial recycling programs to transform the discarded metal into everything from window frames to tubing and now, pens.
In other words: waste can indeed be made into beautiful things. Jean-Marc Duvoisin, CEO of Nespresso, said of the collab: ‘We’re delighted to be partnering once again with Caran d’Ache and bringing consumers this unique object, a true celebration of the infinite recyclability of aluminium.’ The pen itself is just as impressive as the concept.
Made in the recognisable shape of the Caran d’Ache 849 ballpoint pen, it comes ready with a Goliath ink cartridge which lasts for roughly 600 A4 sheets and has undergone a super cool microbeading process and electrostatic treatment to make it look extra slick.