Every year 13 billion pencils are produced all over the world. Have you ever wondered what happened to all those pencils when they had served their purpose? Now, the pencils from Sprout can grow into herbs, flowers and vegetables.

The Danish startup Sprout has found a new way to give your pencil a dual function – you write down your stories and noties with it, and then you give it a new life by planting it. Sprout wants to make sustainability understandable for everyone in an easy and simple way. And by planting a pencil stub, both private consumers and businesses can take advantage of this green message.

HOW ON EARTH DOES THIS WORKS?

The patented Sprout pencil has a biodegradable capsule containing seeds where you would normally find the eraser. Once the pencil is too short to write with, it’s ready to be planted and grow into basil, sunflowers, tomatoes or one of 21 varieties.

All Sprout pencils are made out of either FSC or PEFC-certified wood, meaning that each time a tree is harvested a new one is being planted. The pencil contains only natural ingredients and is 100% biodegradable.

Sprout sells their plantable pencils and color pencils to more than 60 countries. The majority of clients are businesses and organizations that get their logo engraved and use them for green giveaways to support their CSR agenda.

All in all, this is a simple yet clever and far-reaching idea – cool stuff!

Photo by Sprout