Over the past couple of weeks, I've been shopping quite a few times and until my most recent excursion, had been forgetting to buy pens. Pens are an important tool for me, especially now, with my laptop out of commission and a shared family computer which is almost always in use. I don't like to write long-hand in pencil; the graphite always smudges.
So, I was in Wal Mart, staring at a bunch of pens, almost all of them very cheaply made of very expensively priced. Then I came upon something cool by Papermate: a biodegradable pen. Not all of the components are biodegradable; the spring that allows it to click isn't and neither is the comfort grip - but, as the plasticless packaging points out, every little bit helps.
I've always loved Papermate, partially because of the soft coating on their classic ballpoints, partially because of the fact that their pens seem to write more smoothly and last longer than the majority of pens and largely due to the two little hearts that adorn the tops of their pens. In high school, during my first really big crush, I would stare at the top of my (borrowed) papermate pen and feel like whoever put those two surreptitious little hearts there must have some idea what I was feeling.
Anyway, I've gotten off track. I'm very pleased with my new biodegradable pen and I hope that these things will increase in popularity and, eventually, become the standard... and then, if only we can get post-consumer recycled paper to catch on, writing will be the the perfect profession.