How many times have you used a pen in your life? I probably use a pen every single day, but I never thought about the environmental impact. I just never thought about it. In our throw-away culture, I am used to throwing things like empty pens away. Too bad there is no ‘away’. Our garbage just goes to a landfill and piles up into a disgusting, hazardous mess.
In order to reduce my input to these landfills, I have now started to refill my empty pens both at home and work. Buying pen refills means that I am avoiding the environmental impacts of throwing away the body of the pen and the manufacturing impacts of producing a new pen. Although I’ve never seen pen refills in stores, I have been able to buy them on Staples and Amazon. It’s a small action, but every small thing adds up.