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Review – edding EcoLine Highlighters

At a glance
  • A new range of refillable highlighters
  • Predominantly made from renewable materials
  • Uses neutral-odour, water-based ink
  • Available in pastel colours as well as familiar ‘neon’ tones
  • Awarded the Blue Angel accreditation – Germany’s leading eco label

Effective coloured highlighters with exceptional green credentials…

There are ways to make your mark, some of them positive, others less so. Coloured highlighters, for example, have a proven track record in schools as tools for enhancing learning, typically as an aid to effective editing.

Even so, many of us will share a nagging concern that, once they have come to the end of their useful lives, plastic pens and markers risk leaving a lasting impact on the planet. Thanks to edding, that is no longer the case.

Already a trusted and familiar brand, edding have been thinking hard about how they can make their markers even better. One of their key ideas is to ensure that they are as environmentally friendly as possible.

This is clearly no tokenistic approach as it seems every aspect of their design has been developed with serious ecological considerations.

Where to start? First of all, they have strived to make sure their markers are made as much as possible from environmentally responsible materials. In fact, since 2015, 83% of the plastic parts used in the edding EcoLine range have been made from collected, returned and disused postconsumer plastic.

Now, with their edding 24 EcoLine highlighters, they have upped their game further still and turned to renewable materials such as sugar cane. Sweet!

“Since 2015, 83% of the plastic parts used in the edding EcoLine range have been made from collected, returned and disused postconsumer plastic.”

Furthermore, they have found a mess-free, convenient way of making them refillable. All you have to do is leave them standing, nib-down, in a bottle of the refill ink for a few hours.

And talking of ink, theirs is water-based with a neutral smell (phew!) and has been specially designed to avoid bleeding through the paper, so no unintended marks on the other side of the page.

It seems hardly surprising, then, that the edding 24 highlighter range was the first to be awarded the Blue Angel eco label – Germany’s premier accreditation for products and services that reflect a genuine desire to protect resources, the environment and health.

But, while you can be confident that they won’t leave a nasty stain on your conscience, the most important question must be: do they work? How do they perform in the classroom?

Well, having had a play with them, I can confidently confirm that they do everything you would want them to do – they highlight. And, even on the flimsiest paper I could find, there was no nasty bleed-through.

“Even on the flimsiest paper I could find, there was no nasty bleed-through.”

Naturally, they are available in the traditional, bright, attention-seeking ‘neon’ colours you would expect from a set of highlighters. For the more subtle, restrained or understated user, however, they have now issued a range of highlighters in pleasing pastel shades such as soft pink, pale blue, purple and green.

I know it’s cheesy but I’ll say it anyway: full marks to the edding 24 EcoLine highlighter range. Forget virtue signalling and try virtue highlighting.

edding’s 24 EcoLine range is priced at £4.96 per set of four. To find out more, visit the website, call 01727 846 688, or email

Verdict Reviewed by Mike Davies
  • Environmentally responsible
  • Attractive colours
  • Comfortable to hold
  • Easy to refill
  • Effective, smooth highlighting

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