SUSTAINABLE WRITING WITH RITTER PEN
A SUSTAINABLE STEP INTO FUTURE
RITTER-PEN uses natural, completely biodegradable cellulose –base / bio-plastic for the production of our ECO-LINE. Also in high gloss transparent finish! The most important part of this plastic is the cellulose. Cellulose is a natural polymer that forms the main component of a plant cell wall. Wood, for example, are rich in cellulose and serve as a starting material for the production of used material. In a special procurement and treatment process cellulose acetate, a thermoplastic material can be derived from cellulose. Care is taken that the origin of the raw materials making this bio-plastic predominant of renewable resources.
The pens in our ECO-LINE contain a large percentage of this natural bio-plastic. To ensure exceptional structural integrity a small amount of traditional ABS materials are used for the components that are exposed to high mechanical stress. Unlike corn starch or lactic acid products, cellulose acetate is scratch and heat resistant. It has similar performance characteristics as conventional plastics and is particularly suitable for mold injecting. Due to the nature of the material it is limited to a natural colour selection, however this organic compound possess a higher density than ABS plastic, which gives it a richer quality and a perfect surface for colorful and vibrant imprints.
Without leaving harmful residues bio-plastics can be decomposed by microorganisms leaving behind only water, carbon, and some biomass.
Permanent higher temperatures and adequate moisture are prerequisite for an optimal decomposition; similar conditions that prevail in industrial composting. The biodegradability of this material on an industrial scale is confirmed in accordance with the terms of DIN EN 13432:2000-12. Disposal of this bio-plastic is via the general household waste, contributing to the conservation of finite fossil fuels through thermal treatment. It releases the same amount of emissions generated by burning or composting of raw material (e.g. wood). There is no general regulation, which governs the recycling of plastics, therefore, we maintain a proper thermal treatment as the most sensible solution to dispose of bio-plastics.
Replacing oil as a raw material with a renewable raw material source allows the saving of fossil resources and a reduction of CO2 emissions. The development and processing of recyclable plastics, of course, is a step towards a more sustainable future. We must learn to give up finite resources - to love our environment.