Short environmental glossary

ECO DESIGN:

Procedure aimed at considering the environmental impact from a product’s creation in order to reduce its footprint. All components are included (use of material, end of life, transport, production…) and can notably impact the design of the product or even its production method.

ECOMARK:

Japanese eco label for writing instruments (the European eco label being “Eco-Label Environment”). Created in 1995, it is among the oldest eco-certifications for our product category. It is the benchmark in the writing world particularly for its imposition of the use of recycled materials. All the products in the BEGREEN range strictly observe the ECOMARK criteria.

ISO 14001:

Standard relating to the environmental management of companies. This involves measuring a company’s environmental impact, establishing improvement objectives and measuring their success. This certification, renewable every two years, requires continuous improvement of the company’s environmental impact. This standard is not related to the products, but more particularly the production process.

MÖBIUS CURVE (OR MÖBIUS LOOP / MÖBIUS STRIP):

Since 1970, this symbol has been used to inform people whether a product is recyclable (single curve) or whether it contains recycled materials (curve + percentage of recycled material). Used throughout the world, it provides every one of us with accurate and easily understandable information about a product’s environmental nature.

RECYCLABLE:

A product is said to be recyclable if its materials can be reprocessed in the recycling process. In Europe today, no pens are recyclable. After sorting household waste, only “bottles” (water bottles, milk bottles, drinks bottles, detergent bottles…) are recyclable in terms of plastic materials. To find out if a product is recyclable, simply look to see if a Möbius Curve (without percentage) is present on the product.

RECYCLED:

Recycled materials are materials which come from other products and have been reprocessed in order to be reused in new products. Using recycled materials makes it possible to avoid the use of raw materials from fossil fuel energy. In our case, it is plastic being recycled. Since plastic is made up of 99% oil, by using recycled plastic we avoid using this energy because we know that reserves are coming to an end. To find out the recycled content of a product, simply look at the Möbius Curve and the percentage next to it. The calculation of the percentage of recycled material in our products obviously excludes refills, the ink, erasers and even leads (in the case of a mechanical pencil).

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