Newell Rubbermaid wants to make you green

Newell Rubbermaid has finally solved one of the most vexing environmental problems of our time — how to properly dispose of old pens.

The Atlanta-based company with a manufacturing operation next door in Maryville, Tenn., has introduced a new line of biodegradable pens and mechanical pencils.

The Paper Mate Biodegradable writing insruments are “made with a majority of biodegradable components, which break down in soil/home compost in about a year,” according to a press release.

I can’t tell you how wonderful this makes me feel.

My mind is eased knowing that I will no longer take up valuable landfill space by throwing used-up pens in the trash.

From now on, I will simply throw these biodegrable pens on the ground, secure in the knowledge that they will surely degrade over the next 12 months.

Who knows, the biodegrable pens may even provide nutrients that will replenish the soil. Maybe I will collect them for my friends with gardens. The possibilities are endless.

I know you are as excited as I am. A note of caution: Newell Rubbermaid recommends taking a look at the “disassembly instructions on packaging.”

Wonder what that means?

Click here for the Newell Rubbermaid press release.