The Sprout Pencil: poetic, creative and ecological

The Sprout pencil is the first sustainable pencil in the world that can be planted after use.

When the Sprout Pencil has become too short to write with, just plant it in a small pot and start experience the joy of seeing germinate delicious fresh herbs, crunchy vegetables or edible flowers that can be then used to give the dish a perfect taste.

The pencil, born as part of a design course at MIT in 2012 and launched on Kickstarter crowdfunding platform, has quickly attracted investors.


Sprout won German GreenTech Award and Earth Day Network 2015 Partnership for 3 years in a row as well as Promotional Gift Award in 2014 under the category: Communicative Product. Today, Sprout sells more than 450,000 pencils a month.

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The pencil

The Sprout Pencil is designed with eco-friendly materials: cedar wood and a mixture of clay and graphite.

This “metaphor pencil” has been given this dual function by replacing the eraser with a seed capsule, which contains high quality, non gmo seeds. The capsule is water-soluble, making the pencil easy to plant after use.

Now you can give life back to poetry, to drawings but also to your garden.

What to do       

When the Sprout Pencil has become too short to write with, it is ready to be planted.

The Sprout pencil is available in 12 different colours – one for each plant variety: sunflower, basil, cilantro, mint, lavender, sage, thyme, cherry tomato, green pepper, calendula, marigold, forget me not.


The seeds sprout quickly: within 1-3 weeks, depending on the seed variety. Most plants can be grown both indoors and outdoors. In countries with temperate climates, it is best to plant in summer, because the plant needs a lot of sunlight every day in order to grow.

Some tips to successfully get your pencil to Grow         

Plant your Sprout Color Pencils at a slight angle, so the capsule is just barely covered by a thin layer of soil. Most of the seeds are quite little, so if you plant them too deeply, there is a chance that they will not sprout.

Water regularly, so the soil is always slightly damp. If the weather is very warm, it is best to water in the morning or evening.

Remember to give your plants fertilizer and to collect seeds from your plants to give you even more plants next year.

Other uses of the Sprout Pencil

If you are stuck for ideas for original gifts, the creative, ecological and biodegradable pencil takes up the challenge. The Sprout Pencil can also be used to promote awareness of a company or a special message, in the context of a special event or the launch of a new product. Especially that the pencil is available in a customized version (for example: company logo or special text engraved).

You can buy the Sprout Pencil on Amazon for 19.95$ (or cheaper) or directly from the Sprout Webshop.

So get your pencils and have fun!

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