A biodegradable ball point pen, which could be planted following disposal containing plantable seeds has been introduced by young inventor Sachini Kristina Sugirdan.
Sachini and her father Sugirdan presented the 96 per cent eco-friendly product made out of biodegradable materials to Environment Minister Mahinda Amaraweera yesterday.
The pens come with vegetable and fruit seeds in them.
The invention is completely eco-friendly and it can be grown as a vegetable or fruit plant without having to dispose of empty ballpoint pens.
Nearly 100 kilos of used ballpoint pens are discarded in Sri Lanka on a daily basis and they will take several hundred years to decompose fully.
Speaking during the occasion, Sachini said that she had introduced the product to prevent environmental damage and that the pen could be planted. “This pen can be planted. Then you can grow fruits, vegetables and even yams” She added that the pens came with seeds inside them.