My daughter really enjoys using a whiteboard to draw, practice spelling, play teacher to her teddies and other imaginary games, so I began looking for plastic free whiteboard markers to replace the dried-out old ones.
I know I could have told my daughter to use the blackboard and chalk or a piece of paper and pencil instead, but at the time, I felt like I was asking her to give up more things than she was ready for. So, a more eco friendly whiteboard marker is a great stepping stone to a less wasteful alternative when she is more mature and her interests change.
Some internet searching turned up these Swedish made Friendly Whiteboard Markers from online Australian store, Buy Eco Green. The body of the markers is made from recycled paper and wax instead of aluminium or plastic, but the ends and cap are still made from polypropylene. Nevertheless, that’s a 60% reduction of plastic used in making the product!
I ordered the box of 4 markers with colours black, blue, green, and red. After six months of use by my daughter a couple of the markers have dried-out, so I pulled them apart to have a good look.
The recycled paper tubes would be a great addition to a box of craft supplies or an upcycling project because they are quite strong. After that, they could be recycled again or composted. Unfortunately the remaining plastic is not recyclable because the small size is not able to be picked up by factory sorting machines. You might be able to upcycle them though.
I’d love to hear in the comments if anyone has found other eco-friendly markers or knows of ways to extend their life. Would you give these markers a go?