DBA's 98% Biodegradable Pen (Made From Potatoes)

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When you realize how amazing it is when little things add up, look no further than your pen. Conventional pens are often mass produced with non-recyclable, petroleum-based materials, filled with inks that contain toxic chemicals and blister-packed in non-recyclable PVC packaging. It's a recipe that means these small but major candidates are seriously plugging up our landfills when you multiply these factors millions of times over. That's why we can appreciate DBA's 98 Pen, which is not only 98% biodegradable but is also eco-friendly from its manufacture to its packaging. Take a look at some of these staggering pen statistics:

DBA 98 Biodegradable Pen from DBA on Vimeo.

Compared to mass-manufactured pens, the DBA pen's potato-based plastic can be composted within 180 days (the only catch is the stainless steel nib - which makes up 2% of the pen and is left behind). The pens are made in a wind-powered factory and packaged in 100% recycled and recyclable FSC-certified paper that's printed with vegetable-based inks.

At $8.00 per pack of three (or $2.66 per pen) online, it's affordable enough if you're looking for an alternative, but hopefully we'll see these stylish and biodegradable pens on the larger market soon.