A little bored whilst you’re waiting for you coffee to cool down? We might have the answer. Caran d’Ache & Nespresso have joined forces to make handwriting and coffee that much more environmentally sustainable.

The two Swiss companies – with apparently shared values for innovation, quality and conservation of the environment – have teamed up to create a limited-edition ballpoint pen made from the recycled aluminium of coffee capsules, titled the “849 Nespresso”. Arguably the most well-known Caran d’Ache product, the 849 has had makeovers from numerous designers over the years, including Paul Smith and Alexander Giraud, but this is the first time it has been rendered in recycled aluminium.

“This collaboration is in keeping with our philosophy which has been founded on sustainable development, innovation and creativity for more than 100 years. Caran d’Ache is delighted to be a valued partner of Nespresso in this unique project which has given rise to this fashionable everyday design accessory.”
Carole Hubsher, President of Caran d’Ache

Made in the Caran d’Ache workshops in Geneva, the pen comes in the shiny dark blue colour of Nespresso’s popular Dharkan capsules, which have been melted down and subjected to rigorous testing to guarantee the quality that you would expect from the land of fine watches, chocolate… and banking. It also comes packaged in fully-recyclable cardboard, another nice sustainable touch.

Not only does this pen make a stylish addition to your desk but it’s a good reason to remind yourself to write by hand rather than keyboard. Perfect for those Christmas thank you cards.

The pen is available over at carandache.com now.