A familiar brand of recycled rollerballs got a little recognition last month when they were designated as the official pen of the international climate change conference in Copenhagen.
Although it wasn't named on the COP15 website, this is how the rollberball pen was described:
The organizers recommend all delegates to use their own pens at COP15. Still, if you do not have a pen with you - you are welcome to use the official COP15 rollerball pens, produced from 89% recycled plastic from water bottles. Please re-use your rollerball pen as often as possible.
The only rollerball we know that sounds like that is the Pilot B2P, a gel ink retractable made of recycled polyethylene terephthalate (PET), the plastic used to make those water bottles that overflow landfills everywhere. B2P, of course, stands for Bottle to Pen. The pens contain 89% recycled material, according to Pilot.
(The B2P won second place in a European contest to find the best recycled product of 2009.)
Update: A Pilot rep just confirmed that the company's Denmark branch supplied the climate change conference with 40,700 B2P's customized with the COP15 logo.
Eco-friendliness aside, the B2P is not a bad pen to keep handy.
The barrel is a translucent blue and indented like a water bottle, making it unique-looking and quite comfortable to hold and use, although it could do with a soft rubber grip for longer writing sessions. The pen's plunger works with a firm, clean motion, much like the G2. The clip is serviceable, but nothing special.
The pen uses G2 gel refills in .05 and .07 mm, which means the writing experience is reliably smooth. The fine point seems slightly scratchy, as fine points often can, but the medium flows just fine. Refilling is a simple matter of unscrewing the pen's tip. I was able to switch easily between the fine point that came with the pen and the medium point that was in my G2.
Obviously, it's not an extraordinary pen, but given that it helps make use of some of the billions of water bottles produced every year, and at the same time is a solid, attractive writer, it definitely deserved whatever exposure it got in Copenhagen.