If you’ve dropped by our stall at Northey St lately you may have noticed our new refillable Fountain Pens. Made from sustainable timber (FSC), each pen makes a luxuriously special and eco-friendly alternative to generic disposable pens.
Each pen comes with a blue ink cartridge as well as a converter (to reduce environmental impact of throwing away used ink cartridges), which means the pen can be simply refilled with ink from a bottle. We are looking at selling small bottles of non-toxic fountain pen ink soon. Alternatively we will be offering a ‘refilling’ service. Just bring in your pen to our stall at Northey St for a top up.
For more info on non-toxic ink for fountain pens:
Most fountain pen inks do not pose any risk of acute toxicity when ingested, although some contain ingredients that may be hazardous (but are listed as non-hazardous in the concentration found in the ink). In terms of effect on the environment, the blue ink cartridges that come with our pens are manufactured in an environmentally responsible manner and are certified at the world’s strictest standard – the European Union Eco Audit EMAS since 1998 (meaning the product, manufacturing processes and procedures are all environmentally sound. The company that makes these cartridges are also the first and only company in the writing instruments industry to hold this certification). In general (as with the paper-industry), refill inks made in Europe have undergone stringent environmental regulations applying to manufacture and production processes and disposal within the plants, so safe ink products are being produced.
Talking to our eco-supplier, this is his insight into fountain pen inks in general:
“I haven’t heard of a successful ‘eco ink’ that can duplicate the properties of modern Fountain Pen Inks. The problem isn’t the liquid which is just water after all, but the small amounts of chemicals that give inks their properties: surface tension, viscosity or flow, and life in the bottle. People have made some very short lived ‘inks’ from eg beetroot juice and other plant sources, but this won’t last in the bottle for more than a week and it won’t last on the page for very long either. It also tends to be too ‘thin’ (lacks viscosity) for good writing. If you do hear of a true ‘eco ink’ please let me know!”
At the moment I’m leaning towards a brand that makes non-toxic, water-based inks containing all natural dyes specifically for fountain pens. This is the closest I can find at the moment to an eco-friendly ink.
We’ll post updates when we have stock!
* As far as I am aware these details are correct at time of publishing. However, I can take no personal responsibility for any information I have obtained from outside sources which may be incorrect. I will update/make corrections as need be, so feel free to notify me if you know of anything that is not accurate!