Are expensive pens more environmentally friendly

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Comment from Marlene, 07.08.2017 at 20:47 (UTC):
Hello! That was a lot of great tips. Actually, I (and my children) still feed on the crayon supplies of my childhood and that's where it will stay for the time being, I've already bought pen extensions, but neon pens and felt-tip pens are often in demand at school. You always have to remember where there are refill packs. I have to take a closer look at your links there. Thanks a lot for this!
Marlene from

Comment from Sarah, 09.08.2017 at 14:12 (UTC):
Pour paste into old roll-on deodorants. (If already abolished as part of no-waste, buy empty in the pharmacy if necessary.) Works very well after a little trial and error because of the consistency. Children have to practice using it for a while because the water content is higher than usual in the glue stick. Holds excellent.

Comment from Christina, 08/11/2017 at 10:57 (UTC):
I will soon have to deal with writing utensils because of my first school child and, thanks to your list, I will already be well informed Thanks for all the information (even if I can't quite see through with the rollerball, but hopefully we'll get around that ... I like fountain pens)!
Are the colored pencil highlighters just as eye-catching as the plastic highlighters you know?

Comment from:08/11/2017 at 8:00 p.m. (UTC)


@Marlene: Thank you! :-) By the way, Daniel and I also had colored pencils from our childhood. But most of them are already used up thanks to fluid children's hands
@ Sarah: Your idea sounds very exciting! I will soon organize a deodorant roller from my circle of friends and try it out. Thanks for the great hint!
@Christina: the colored pencil highlighters highlight the text 1a :-). Because of the rollerball pens: Where exactly are you still not quite sure? Because if I know, I might be able to provide even more clarity with a picture or something similar. You can also write me a message via contact.
Kind regards your Stefanie

Comment from Amely, 08/16/2017 at 07:39 (UTC):
This is an interesting and informative compilation! It's really worth taking a closer look.
LG Amely

Comment from:August 17, 2017 at 18:17 (UTC)


Thank you, dear Amelie :-)!

Comment from Cornelia , 08/24/2017 at 6:59 pm (UTC):
Thanks for this nice summary!
My son is now in second grade and needs a pen ...
Do you have any experience of whether there are converters of different quality for fountain pens? As a child I always had a lot of mess in my pencil case, and I probably had too gross motor skills
Best wishes

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Comment from Lena, 08/26/2017 at 14:13 (UTC):
As a little tip from my school days: For years I filled my cartridge with a syringe and cannula. Certainly not for the little ones, but from a certain age on I could do it on my own and I did less smear than with the refillable cartridge (which I also had).

Comment from:August 26, 2017 at 5:40 pm (UTC)


@Cornelia: We have house brand converters right now? from the drugstore Müller in use and from online. When our cartridges in another rollerball pen are empty, I will test another one from Pelikan. The ones from online are definitely very good. Our 7-year-old managed that quite well for the first time. It is actually very easy to pull up. I had a harder time remembering that from my childhood. I always have a spare fountain pen in my pencil case for our schoolchild, and the converter is already in there, so that she doesn't have to rush to do it at school if she is not yet practiced. With this I hope to get around messes in the pencil case
@ Spread-themessage: thank you, I'll do! :-)
@Lena: Did you do that with a cannula? Do you have ideas ?! Class! You could easily take old cartridges back and store them filled up! I'll try it out soon :-)! Thanks for the tip!
All the best to you three!

Comment from I, March 2nd, 2020 at 9:50 pm (UTC):
Normal sharpeners are made entirely of metal (also from special companies) and my kids have an old (not thrown away :-)) can with them, in which the sharpening waste goes ...

Comment from:March 3rd, 2020 at 8:34 am (UTC)


Hi I" ,
yes, I've seen such small pencil sharpeners made of metal. However, those with us without an integrated socket are not allowed for school. Is that different with you?
Incidentally, one of the can sharpener producers is actually a large company, but the stationery stores often do not get it through the wholesalers. Mine has already tried to order it, but failed.
best regards

Comment from Mamiki, 06/21/2020 at 6:58 pm (UTC):
Dear Stefanie,

Thank you very much for your great blog. To be honest, I just wanted to live more freely with plastic, but you provide such great ideas that I can and will change even more now.
I'm a 3-time mom myself and I would have a question, I hope it's not too indiscreet ?! But do you buy a satchel B. new or were your children happy about used ones too?

Lg Mamiki

Comment from:June 22nd, 2020 at 2:08 pm (UTC)


Hello dear Mamiki,
yes then welcome here on the blog and I am pleased that there are a few suggestions for you. Your question isn't too personal - so here's the answer :
The first satchel we bought was a new second quality organic leather satchel. We bought new things because our big one was originally not supposed to go to school and then, due to the rapid development, we were advised to do it after all and so the second-hand market was pretty much empty two weeks before the end of the Bavarian holidays.
We bought the other satchel used. And both are and were happy with them. You were allowed to choose.
best regards

Comment from Florian, April 2nd, 2021 at 6:39 am (UTC):
Rollerball with normal fountain pen cartridges from Stabilo beCrazy unicolor. Use it to replace the colored pencils. With 6 different colors you can get quite a long way in everyday life. It is filled with ink from Octopus (available as 30 or 250ml in dozens of colors and also a set to mix yourself).

Comment from:April 2nd, 2021 at 5:18 pm (UTC)


Hi Florian,
It's cool that they are now also available from Stabilo. I'll ask at my stationery shop. Yes, you can get by with 6 colors. Even the kids only needed five more colors to go with royal blue at school. And there are many different brands.
Warm greetings and happy Easter to you and your loved ones