Pilot BeGreen Recycled Content Writing Instruments . California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo February 8, 2012 . What is B EGREE N ?. B EGREE N is the first full range of recycled writing instruments to be launched globally Elements of the brand:
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California Polytechnic State University
San Luis Obispo
February 8, 2012
Ball Point, Gel Ink, Mechanical Pencil, Marker, Rolling Ball
And Refilling Can Make A Difference.
Over 6 Billion pens and markers
are shipped annually by US manufacturers
Source is WIMA
Plastic bottles are a particular source of negative media attention for their harmful effects on the environment.
MADE IN THE USA
The majority of the dry erase markers purchased by CSU are Expo brand manufactured by the Sanford Corporation.
Expo is the dominate brand of dry erase markers sold in the United States.
160,331 dry erase markers purchased
160,331 dry erase markers discarded to the landfill
Recycled & Refillable Whiteboard Marker
160,000 markers X .55 ounce
=88,000 ounces/ 16 ounces
=5,500 Lbs. Waste
Pilot VBoard Master
32,000 markers X.80 ounce
=25,600 ounces/16 ounces
128,000 refills X.10 ounce
=12,800 ounces/16 ounces
Total lifecycle waste of VBoard
= 56% less waste.Expo vs. VBoard waste generated based on CSU consumption
Since a VBoard marker can be refilled 4 times after the original ink cartridge is consumed, let’s compare the cost of one VBoard marker and 4 refill cartridges versus 5 non-refillable Expo markers.
VboardExpo Original Purchase
1 Marker @$1.89 5 markers @ $1.93
1 refills @ $0.99
Equivalent cost 5 markers Total Cost 5 Markers