Pros: small portable dispenser, white tape glides onto paper, easily write on the tape, recycled material
Cons: highlighter doesn’t work well on the tape, expensive, assorted issues
Bic has a line of recycled products with the ECOlutions name. I’ve been using the Bic ECOlutions Wite-out tape with mixed results.
This correction tape derives its “ECOlutions” name from using 51-percent pre-consumer recycled plastic. It comes in a green plastic dispenser that measures about 3” long x 1” wide. The dispenser has a cap that can be detached and clipped to the end of the dispenser (like a pen cap on the end of a pen). There is a small wheel on the back that can tighten any loose tape. The white tape is 1/5” wide x 19.8 feet long.
I have both this Bic ECOlutions correction tape and the regular Bic correction tape, so was able to compare the products side-by-side. The two products are very similar in how they work and cover writing on a page. If I had to pick one difference between the two tapes, I would say that the regular Bic wite-out tape has more opacity. I can see more of the ballpoint pen writing beneath the Bic ECOlutions tape. Also, the ECOlutions tape isn’t quite as white in color. Other than that, two tapes are almost identical.
For years, I have preferred using wite-out tapes to liquid. The tapes are easier for me to grab and apply to a page. I don’t have to fuss with liquid, uneven application, nor do I need to wait for the tape to dry. Just grab the dispenser, roll the tape over the area that needs coverage, and you are done.
The ECOlutions green dispenser is small. I have a love-hate relationship with it. The way the dispenser is designed, it is easy to grab it upside-down, and it won’t work that way. While holding the dispenser, the Bic logo needs to be upright as if reading it. The cap easily pulls free. However, you can’t remove the cap while holding its sides. Instead, you need to grab both the top and bottom of the cap, pinching it a bit to release it. This dispenser is small enough to be portable. It takes up little room and can even easily fit in a pocket.
I don’t find this dispenser as easy to hold and use as a regular-style wite-out tape dispenser. The small size feels awkward in my hand. It’s fine for a single correction use at a time, but I wouldn’t want to hold this dispenser for multiple corrections in a row.
The tape releases easily and sticks well to paper. I can see a bit of writing beneath the tape once it is applied. This goes for both pencil and ballpoint pen. Writing on the tape is simple. I have successfully used ballpoint pen, pencil, and a Sharpie marker. I have mixed results when trying to use a yellow highlighter on the tape. A bit of the yellow stays on the tape, but the color doesn’t match the highlighted text on either side of the tape.
As a side note, this tape is made from recycled materials. Yet the dispenser is disposable. There is no refilling it.
Staples.com sells a 2-pack of this tape for $6.29. In comparison, the regular Bic wite-out tape costs $5.29 for a 2-pack … and you receive about twice as much tape.
While I really like the idea of using recycled material to create this Bic ECOlutions Wite-out tape, this product come across as average. Coverage isn’t quite as good as the regular Bic wite-out tape, and there is not as much tape on the roll. Based on pricing, volume, experiences, and the fact that I would not buy this tape again unless it was drastically on sale … I can’t recommend it.
I hope you found this review useful.
Enjoy the day,
Please read my other reviews:
Tombow Correction Tape
Liquid Paper Dryline Grip Correction Tape
Bic White-Out Plus Quick Dry Correction Fluid
Papermate Magic Rub Non-abrasive Eraser
Pentel Click Eraser
Magic Rub Eraser
Avery Pen-Style Highlighters
Sharpie Twin-Tip Permanent Marker
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