Monthly Archives: March 2009


The Lifecycle of A Whiteboard Marker

Here’s a great diagram illustrating the lifecycle of a whiteboard marker.

The diagram is great. But there’s a problem! Most whiteboard markers are made from petrochemicals, and can’t be recycled at the end of their life. They’re made out of disposable plastics.

But knowing about where products come from (the cradle) the more conscious we can be about what we buy and how we can dispose or recycle them (the grave).


Green Expo

We were showing off our refillable dry erase markers a few weeks back at the Green Products Expo in New York. It was a great show again this year.


We want to give a big shout out to Fast Company, Eco Scene Blog and who gave AusPen some rave reviews within days of the show ending.


We had a lot of fun being surrounded by so many green enthusiasts who care about preserving the earth and keeping children healthy. Green Kids Auction showed us how parents can buy, sell and trade gently worn kids clothing at affordable rates. Kids Think Big was promoting their book Think Green which teaches kids at any age to act green every day. And Yummy Earth with their certified organic lollipop treats.

 It was our second year attending and we’re already looking forward to the 2010 event.


Green My School

We’ve been involved with the “Green My School” contest that CBS and EcoMedia have been running the last few months, as schools in the San Francisco, Chicago and Miami areas entered to win a $100,000 green makeover. 

The purpose of the program is to create a model “green” school within each area that other schools in the district, city and state can use to move forward sustainability initiatives.

Rosa Parks Elementary was named the grand prize winner for the San Francisco area. The students, teachers and admin worked very hard on their entry…and this school has a great story behind it.

They’ll become one of the model schools for others to look to regarding being a green leader in the educational sector.

When EcoMedia asked us at AusPen to get involved, we immediately loved the idea.

All the winning schools will be fully outfitted with our AusPen eco-friendly markers, which means they won’t throw away any more disposable markers made from PVC-plastic, as well the classrooms will have significantly reduced levels of toxicity by using the AusPen markers (our ink doesn’t use the chemical Xylene).

Congrats to Rosa Parks Elementary for such a great job on their contest entry (I saw it and it was impressive).

We’ll keep you updated on the other two schools who are chosen as grand prize winners.


Keep your greenbacks and your eco-spirit by being eco friendly-frugal

Trendwatching has inspired us with their latest report, reminding us that we can be good to the environment, health and pocketbook.

Turn out the lights, power down your computer, wear a sweater. If you’re eco-trendy invest in an electricity meter reader. Van GO Green blogged about one from Black and Decker recently. The less you spend on your hydro or electrical bill, the more you can save during this economic downturn, or save up for something truly eco-chic.

Compost. Get nutrient rich topsoil (so you don’t have to buy it) and save on garbage bags!

Choose built-to-last solutions like cast iron pans that cost about the same as non-stick pans (less the toxic coating). With the proper care you’ll be amazed how great they cook, how easy it is to clean, and how long it will last. Think about how many dollars you’ll save when you only have to purchase one long lasting pan opposed to several non-stick pans.

Use rechargeable batteries. They last longer, saving you from buying and throwing out disposables all of the time.

Shop thrift, consignment, and garage sales. Find out if there’s a clothing swap group in your neighbourhood. Someone else’s seconds will be brilliant again in new lighting. Especially when it comes to children’s clothing, sporting gear and toys.

Book and magazine lovers rejoice! Start your own swap club and build friendships while expanding your literary knowledge or join an existing one.

Carpool, take transit or join an auto-network (if one is available in your area). How many cars can your household afford? Better yet, how many cars can your household afford to lose? Get active by walking or biking to the store, school or even work.

Watch you portion sizing. A recent study shows that we load up our plate –consuming and wasting more food. Reducing your portions based on the recommended calorie intake your body needs can ensure leftovers for tomorrow’s lunch, while still feeling satisfied physically


Earth Day is less than a month away– what’s your eco frugality? Join the Facebook discussion.