Sprout - the eco-pencil that becomes a plant
Posted on June, 5th 2018.
This eco-pencil contains a few seeds and a clever idea: instead of throwing away the pencil once it has been used, all you need to do is plant it in soil and then sit back and watch flowers and aromatic herbs grow.
Sprout has a seed capsule instead of the eraser usually found on the end of pencils.
Every year, 15 billion pencils are manufactured worldwide. This is the equivalent of 300,000 trees being used every second. What if these wooden pencils could bring plants to life? Following in the footsteps of the newspaper, the tree book and the cup, here is the plantable pencil!
The pencil is the brainchild of three American and Danish students at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Boston. They designed the Sprout pencil in 2012: an eco-pencil that can be placed in potting soil so that a plant can grow once the pencil itself is no longer usable.
The idea is both simple and practical. Sprout has a seed capsule instead of the eraser usually found on the end of pencils. Once the pencil becomes too small to be used, all you need to do is plant it in soil with the sharpened end pointing upwards. The non-toxic capsule dissolves and releases the seeds once it is planted in the soil. The seeds germinate within a few weeks and flowers, edible aromatic herbs or even tomatoes sprout!
The pencil is made from certified green cedar wood, clay and graphite, and it breaks down naturally, leaving no waste behind.The Danish start-up Sprout World started selling the pencil in 2014 and in 2013 it received the IGC Global Promotions award for being the world’s most eco-friendly product. Michael Stausholm, the start-up’s founder, offers this plant-based pencil to companies with a strong green ethos. The plantable pencil is a clever way of raising employee awareness about the circular economy and encouraging them to give their waste a new lease of life.
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