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Retractable Metal Ballpoint Pens | Sustainable Office Ideas

Retractable Metal Ballpoint Pens | Sustainable Office Ideas

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This retractable metal ballpoint pen offers lightweight and comfortable writing performance. Its portable design allows for easy use, simply retract the pen to write or close. With a smooth-writing 1.0 mm medium metal tip and fast-drying black ink, it is a reliable choice with no smearing, skipping, or smudging. Ideal for use in a variety of settings, such as business, school, or as a gift for colleagues.

Each package includes 6 ballpoint pens and 12 refills. 

Brand: ChaoQ
Color: Stainless Steel 6pcs

Size: 5.4 x 0.38 inches.
Ink Color: Black



  1. When it's time to buy new pens, skip the standard disposable wrote
  2. Instead, buy these long-lasting metal pens that use refills
  3. Find a spot for the pen and a good place for the refills - stock up on different color ink refills so that you can use the pen in new and creative ways
  4. Will not emit microplastics at the end of life if it gets lost or thrown away


  1. This pen body is made of 100% steel which is infinitely recyclable
  2. The pen body itself will likely last a lifetime or until lost
  3. Uses standard Parker-style refills which are mostly metal
  4. Very aesthetically pleasing


Standard Plastic Ball Point Pen


  1. Plastic pens are basically single-use plastic items - why bother with them?
  2. Pens are often made of mixed materials and cannot be recycled
  3. Will inevitably wear out and end up in landfill
  4. Plastic is rarely recycled, and these pens will emit microplastics into waterways

Noteworthy Product Attributes

Inherently NOT disposable. Uses mostly metal cartridges and is designed to last a lifetime. Uses standard Parker cartridges

Overall Sustainability Score - 81 / 100

Score Breakdown

Manufacturing (Score - 5/10) - Not made close to the target market

Distribution (Score - 5/10) - Not made close to the target market

Cost (Score - 5/10) - Costs about 5X what conventional plastic pens cost

Packaging (Score - 9/10) -  Mostly cardboard and paperboard

Effectiveness (Score - 10/10) - Good writing pen though supplied initial set of ink cartridges is substandard. Parker refills should make these pens perform better

Lifespan (Score - 10/10) - Will likely last a lifetime with multiple cartridge replacements. Cartridges are almost 100% metal. Most likely to get lost before broken

Fun (Score - 7/10) - Feels much nicer in the hand than plastic pens

Relevance (Score - 10/10) -  Well suited for writing and uses a long-standing cartridge format in terms of Parker refills

Disposal (Score - 10/10) - Is infinitely recyclable as all components of the pen outside of the cartridge are metal

Recycling (Score - 5/10) - Infinitely recyclable metal case form factor