As an addendum, I thought of one way to address the points in my last paragraph: Pilot seems to be on the right track with its B2P pens, which are made from 89% recycled content, meet ISO 14001 and 14021 standards, etc. The company is even an official sponsor of Keep America Beautiful. Why not sell B2P’s in a pack of one pen with two refills, instead of three pens and no refills? In addition to the educational value for those who have never refilled a ball point pen, the convenience of having the refills in the same package might help consumers overcome the temptation to discard pens when they run out of ink. Hopefully the practice of including at least one refill in the package would spread to other models and pen companies.