A pen-a-day habit doesn’t draw high marks when it comes to the environment because most aren’t refillable and rarely get recycled. Enter the metal alternative (pictured here: Axel Weinbrecht Design’s Beta P Pocket Pen). The Beta stainless-steel stylus has an alloy “nib” that writes on almost any type of paper, and with no ink to dry out, it will last for decades instead of days. Scribes, take note. $29.98, grand-illusions.com

Story by Jessica Tzerman. This article originally appeared in Plenty in February 2008.

Copyright Environ Press 2008.