This pen is made of a celluloid derivative and is technically biodegradable and formed from a “renewable resource” even though our resin and our ebonite can last more than a lifetime – as proven by vintage pens long in existence that were stored well. The cost of this pen was kept far below the quoted equivalent costs that were 8 to as much as 36 times greater (EU, Japan, Taiwan, US, China). Noodler’s made it with better, more utilitarian materials and designs at a cost to you of $20. We did it with the help of people in: Texas, New York, California, Idaho, Maryland, Massachusetts, and India. The combination of the oldest and largest democracies in the world can increase living standards for all.