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How does Faber-Castell make highlighters?

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Fast-moving machines, bright colors, plastic injection molding, water-based ink, caps, labels. This promotional video for Faber-Castell goes behind the scenes at the Engelhartszell factory in Austria to see how highlighters are made, specifically 35 million writing instruments using around 250 tons of ink.

gathering the plastic
water-based highlighter ink
The company reports that they’re increasing the amount of recycled plastic being used in the pen bodies. But how do we recycle pens when they’re out of ink?

Services like Terracycle attempt to provide ways to recycle dried up pens; their boxes are great for school or neighborhood recycling drives.

highlighter in the machines
colorful pens
There are also more eco-friendly products like highlighter pencils that don’t require recycling.

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