Lustables: TreeSmart Newspaper Pencils

Those yellow pencils you chewed on as a kid? Totally toxic and environmentally uncool. Here’s an alternative. 

Believe it or not, those old-school No. 2 pencils have a wretched environmental history. They’re made out of the 4 billion trees cut down worldwide for paper industries, a mass hacking that leads to deforestation and habitat loss. Take a look at this video for more facts and figures.

In the meantime, these pencils from TreeSmart are way more stylish and made entirely out of recycled newspapers. This, you’re going to want to write down: to make four of these pencils, all you would need is a single broadsheet from the NY Daily News. An average circulation of the Sunday Times, meanwhile, could yield 79 million pencils (if all of the newspapers in circulation were recycled).

Grade: A.

Price: $13.50 for a pack of twelve.

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K. Emily Bond

K. Emily Bond is the Shelter Editor at EcoSalon and currently resides in southern Spain, reporting on trends in art, design, sustainable living and lifestyle.