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To share eco tips &
To discuss changes we can make.

Friday, January 30, 2009

Recycling Pens

While trying to find out what to do with some old disposable pens, I came across a great article on the subject. I figure if someone can say it better, I'll let them.

I also found some great ideas here and there, like:

There are various things you can do.

Use them as basic level knitting needles.
Sometimes heating / tapping them will get the ink to flow again.
Use them as straws - make sure to cover the tiny vent hole in the side.
Use them to blow paint blobs around on paper for art.
Various poking uses (planting seeds, holding up seedlings, pushing wax bits into the melted pool of candles, etc.) -Amanda Kerik
Use them as vials for small glass beads
Cut the outer tubes into beads and make a bead curtain
Glue an info card to them and use as plant stakes
String together and use as a fan/light pull
String them together to make jewelry
Coffee stirrers
Or you could always make them into a chandelier (below):

If you're impressed by that, you might want to check out some of the other eco buys.

Like always, has tons of great ideas. Everything from pen blo guns to pen safes. So, while there are many ideas on what to do with the pens shells, about the only thing I couldn't find was how to keep the cartridges out of the landfill.

1 comment:

Kimberly said...

Wow - great ideas for pens. I am a pen fanatic and really have to limit myself to ones that I can refill the cartridge. I am definitely going to look into recycling pens. As always, thanks for the info and keep up the good work! :)