The DBA 98 Is The World's First Biodegradable Pen

The DBA 98 Is The World's First Biodegradable Pen

Cambria Bold
Apr 27, 2010

The brand-new DBA 98 Pen is the only 98% biodegradable pen in the world. It's also the only pen to use ink composed of simple, pronounceable ingredients. Made out of a potato-based material resembling plastic and produced at a wind-powered facility in the United States, it's simple and sustainable... just how we like it!

According to NY-based design firm DBA, "currently 5.2 billion disposable pens are sold annually in the U.S. - enough to wrap around the earth 18 times. These pens are typically made overseas using processes with high carbon emissions. The pens themselves are made from oil and a complex mix of materials that cannot be recycled and are therefore disposed of in landfills. The poisonous dyes and biocides used in ink leach toxic chemicals into the earth. Even the packaging, frequently PVC blister packs, contains heavy metal and chlorine and is non-recyclable."

Even the packaging of the DBA pen is ecological, using minimal, chlorine-free locally-sourced materials that is both entirely recycled and recyclable. The rollerball nib is the only non-biodegradable part (representing the other 2%).

The pens will ship on April 30th, but you can pre-order a 3-pack for $8.00 or a pen and paper set for $13.00. Check out their pen comparison, too, for some interesting statistics.

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