Sunday, September 28, 2008

ABC News Highlights Non Toxic Whiteboard Markers

ABC's Good Morning America recently put together a feature on safe school supplies and green school supplies as the kids head back to classrooms this fall. They particularly focused on non toxic school supplies, products with low VOCS (volatile organic compounds) which reduce exposure of harmful toxins for the students and the teachers.

As they stated, conventional whiteboard markers are one of the top sources of toxic waste for schools, as they contain Xylene. These markers go to the landfills by the truckload, filling landfills not only with non-biodegradable plastic containers, but these little toxic bombs will keep leaking Xylene into the soil (and in many cases, into the water table).

ABC News identified AusPen refillable markers as a safe, green alternative to the disposable dry erase markers, as they are made up from recycled material and they are non toxic.

Have a look at the ABC News feature on their website here

Monday, September 22, 2008

Non Toxic Markers

Just checking out my local stationery supply store and I have to say I'm impressed with how far the product supply has come in the last year, in terms of offering non toxic dry erase markers. There were several brands available. However, be careful when buying a marker that says low-odor, as just because it is low-odor doesn't mean it is non toxic.

But the shift over to eco-friendly products at a retail level has been impressive, whether it is refillable, non toxic markers like AusPen markers, to recycled paper, non toxic glue, like Elmer's new product and more.

So the next time you are looking to buy school supplies or new supplies for the office, think about green, non toxic options.

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Green Guide

The latest issue of the National Geographic Green Guide magazine arrived on newwstands and in subscriber mailboxes over the last week. The cover story is "Safe School Supplies" as most kids head back to school.

We are very proud to say that our AusPen whiteboard markers have been included in the article by National Geographic. Not only did they use a good size image of our eco-friendly markers, but they put us number one on their list of "Guide To Greener Schools" with six other products.

It was good to see refillable, recyclable dry erase markers and whiteboard markers make this esteemed list. The big key for them was we have non-toxic markers.

You can pick up the magazine at leading retailers everywhere, or at their website at