By Larry Hodgson
Somehow, I missed this one: a pencil that you plant after you’ve worn it down to a nub, thus giving new life to an end-of-life product that would otherwise be thrown away. They’ve been around since 2014 and apparently over 30 million have been sold in over 80 countries.
Each Sprout pencil contains at its tip, rather than an eraser, a capsule of seeds. There are 10 different varieties that grow into vegetables, flowers, herbs and now, even spruce trees!
Also, all Sprout pencils are 100% natural and are made from sustainably harvested wood. The writing material is a mixture of nontoxic graphite and clay and the seed capsule is made from plant-based material.
If you want to try one (and they would also make interesting gifts or stocking stuffers), all of the Sprout World products are available online at sproutworld as well as on Amazon. You can even have the pencils customized, perhaps a promotional idea for companies looking for a sustainable gift for their clients.
I suspect that if I were given a Sprout pencil, I’d have a hard time waiting until it became too short to write with: I’d probably plant it right away!
All photos from sproutworld.com.