I don’t know how many of you use pencils on a regular basis, but since I’m a student I certainly do. I just discovered some pencils that make me want to go back to using traditional wooden ones over the mechanical ones I currently use. They’re called Sprout: The Plantable Pencil. These highly functioning pencils can be used until they get too short to write with – but instead of throwing them away, you can plant them and grow a variety of edible or flowering plants!
Democratech offers several different types of plant choices in your writing utensil, such as: basil, calendula, cherry tomato, cilantro, dill, marigold, mint parsley, sage, rosemary, and thyme. Also, right now there is a limited Valentine’s Day multi-pack edition featuring baby’s breath, bachelor’s buttons, black-eyed Susan, cosmos, heart’s delight, kiss-me-over-the-garden-gate, lavender, and love-lies-bleeding.
The pencil is made of sustainably grown cedar and at the tip is a water-activated seed capsule. It is a normal pencil until it gets too short and you want to plant it; you can find the planting instructions here: Sprout Instructions. Just stick the pencil, seed capsule down, into a pot and watch it grow. Don’t chew on that pencil or get your Sprout wet until planting time as water dissolves the seed capsule activating the seed. Amazon is selling these neat pencils at: amazon.com, or you can find them at the MIT Museum store and other small shops.
If you want to read more about the pencils, visit the democratech website.
related: more gardening tips on alternativeConsumer.com