We use 14 billion pencils each year around the world, which means 82,000 trees are cut down just to fulfil demand.But a Danish start-up has come up with a new idea: growing trees from pencils.
@sproutworldofficial produces the world’s only plantable pencils. The pencils are made from sustainably harvested wood, with a writing core made from 100 per cent natural and non-toxic graphite. Hidden at the end of the pencil, however, is a plant-based capsule filled with seeds.
“Once you’re done writing, instead of throwing it out, you simply plant the green capsule, which contains the seeds, and then you take care of it like any other plant,” Michael Stausholm, founder of Sprout.
There is a wide variety seed choices, so you can choose if you want your pencil to become cherry tomatoes for your garden, flowers for your windowsill, or even a Christmas tree!
So far Sprout, which was created in 2013, has sold more than 30 million pencils in over 80 countries, including the UK, Germany and the United States.