If you’re like us at BN1, you’re always on the lookout for environmentally-conscious products or cool new stationary items. Now, (just as Zero Waste Week approaches on Mon 7 – Thurs 11 Sept) there’s an ingenious and eco-friendly alternative to traditional lead pencils and plastic pens.
Each day, 135 million plastic ballpoint pens are produced worldwide. This is a huge amount of plastic, but you can fight plastic waste with The Sprout Pencil – a 100% biodegradable pencil which grows into herbs, vegetables and flowers when you’re finished with them.
Instead of throwing them out when they become too small to use, just plant them into soil, and water – the capsule cleverly dissolves and will sprout into anything from cherry tomato plants, sage and basil, to carnations and sunflowers. It’s a great way of demonstrating sustainability and encouraging people to think about recycling, innovation in natural materials and the environment.
Fans include the likes of Michelle Obama (who used the pencils to promote the publication of her book Becoming) and Richard Branson (who gifts the pencils as a souvenir to his guests on Necker Island).
- 100% natural – made from sustainably harvested cedar wood, graphite and clay
- The capsule is non-toxic and plant-based. And it’s perfectly safe if you accidentally chew on (or even eat) the capsule!
- Variety of non-GMO seeds including basil, cherry tomato, chia, sage, thyme, sunflower, carnation, coriander, daisy and forget-me-not flowers
- Sustainable, zero-waste, plastic-free and lead-free. 100% biodegradable and will decompose safely