If someone can get recycling started up in China they'd be sitting on a fair stack of cash, as long as it was done right. The issue with that would be to change habits. Behaviours can be changed temporarily but if habits aren't, you're going nowhere.I expect there is quite a lot of gold and these other metals in products that are now waste. As I understand, a lot of that goes to India and some to Africa, but there doesn't seem to be a notable recycling market in China; at least that I've heard of.
I've got an X750 in silver and black checkerboard finish, and I see that model is currently available from a UK supplier, with 100% feedback on eBay, for £4.99 including delivery. I carry a fountain pen with me at all times, but occasionally, in circumstances where a decent pen might get lost, or, indeed, when someone else might use it (shock, horror!), a Jinhao is my preference as I won't have kittens if any harm came to it.
Good to know - I've seen the checkerboard one before and in fairness I quite like the look of it. I'm tempted (currently) by the 599 (I think) which is the Lami Safari copy. I'm set for 'Professional' looking pens with my Parker IM (med) and Faber Castell Loom (purple lid, EF Bock #5 nib - I dropped it once and buggered the lovely FC EF nib The Bock is good, though!). I almost solely use the FC Loom, and it's almost solely kept in my office.
Would like an Eastern EF nib such as on the 599 in a fun colour with a fun coloured ink to take out and about. My handwriting is small/fine so I'd need a fine at the minimum...