Friday, June 27, 2008

If by chance you are going to be attending the annual summer conference for Principals in Washington State (Spokane) this weekend, please stop the AusPen booth and say hello.

What you will see there is the most eco-friendly whiteboard marker available in the world (yes, that is a magnanimous statement, but true).

And Sunday night AusPen will buy the beer if you want to join us later and talk about school's and offices going green.

Have a great weekend.

Friday, June 13, 2008

Grads and Dads - Gifts

With Father's Day approaching this Sunday, why not think green when looking at gift ideas. Instead of taking Pops out to a restaurant for brunch, make him breakfast in bed using only locally grown, organic ingredients (or as much as possible).
How about an antique type gift, one that has already been produced and used by someone else, or a great book from a used bookstore. If he likes tech gadgets, do a little research and see what ones have the least impact on the environment - like a wind/solar powered re-charger for his Ipod or cell phone. Found here

And for grads, if you can, try and think green as well.

Have a great Father's Day everyone.

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Low Odor Markers

So many schools and organizations are focusing on the toxicity in the classroom and office space. These toxins lurk everywhere and one of the big culprits is disposable whiteboard markers that use ink loaded with harmful chemicals.

Xylene is the major concern and Xylene can be found in the majority of disposable markers. You know that smell, the one that gives you a headache if you're around it enough...that's Xylene.
Google it and you'll read about its harmful's really a pretty nasty chemical.

When purchasing whiteboard markers, take a look for non-toxic ones, you'll be glad you did. And if you are a teacher, using non-toxic markers is not only much better for your health, but it significantly reduces the level of toxicity the school children are exposed to.

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Did You Throw Away A Whiteboard Marker This Week?

If you're like the majority of schools and offices in North America I'm guessing you did. In fact, every year, over a billion plastic whiteboard markers get tossed into landfills in North America. The waste is incredible, and think of it, those plastic cylinders aren't going anywhere, ever. They will sit in that landfill for eternity.

This is where the AusPen markers can make a huge impact. Users of our eco-friendly markers not only save money, but they never throw them into landills. They are recyclable and they last a long, long, long time.

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