Sharpie, with Paper Mate and EXPO is proud to announce a new partnership with TerraCycle, the pioneering upcycling company that finds new ways to repurpose otherwise throwaway items. Terracycle has become quite popular producing a range of products, including bird feeders, planters and pouches made from recycled materials like used soda bottles and juice boxes. In fact, you’ve probablly seen some of Terracycle’s stuff before! Either of there look familiar?
We are super excited about this particular partnership because we’re launching it off in a way that helps the environment AND your community! In doing so we’ve created the world’s first UPCYCLING program for used pens, markers and other writing instruments, which in turn, raises funds for schools, charities and non-profits nationwide. I mean, seriously…how many pens do have you tossed in a lifetime? – Well now you can pitch in and throw (toss, pitch, throw -get it! funny no?) your used pens, markers, etc.. towards good use!
What does the launch of the partnership entail, you ask?
In participating locales, where writing instruments are used most – primarily large corporations and schools -collection centers called “Writing Instrument Brigades” will be set up. At these collection centers, bring in all your used product and for every writing instrument collected two cents will be donated to the school, community group, charity or non-profit organization of that Brigade’s choice. Overall, the collection efforts will reduce landfill proliferation, educate and inspire consumers to get involved, and provice much needed funding to schools nad non-profits nationwide.
How the BRIGADE works:
The free program is available to any individual or group and is easy to operate. Simply sign up with Terracycle (www.terracycle.net) to establish your Brigade location, then select the school, charity or non-profit group to which you want the collection funds to be directed. Each Brigade prints a pre-paid shipping label from Terracycle’s website to ship the collected writing instruments to Terracycle for upcycling into new products.
This is a, (to quote the great Tony the Tiger) “GRRRRREAT,” simple and easy way for organizations and individuals, alike to help the environment and local communities.
*Make it easy for yourself and collect at your desk, then bring a whole bunch of used Sharpie, EXPO and Papermate markers, pens and pencils to the larger Brigade all at once! See how quickly 2 CENTS adds up! –Here’s mine! (I used Sharpie markers to DIY a white paint can)!
For more information on the Writing Instruments Brigade head on over to www.sharpie.com!