When you think of ‘Pencils’, it will immediately relate you to your childhood memories with the fun you had been writing and drawing at school. But have you ever wondered how these pencils are made and their impact on the environment? The shocking fact is that; the pencils which you used, use wood as their primary raw material. According to an investigation, China ranks as the top creator and exporter of pencils in the world. Estimates suggest that the world produces more than 15 billion wood pencils annually, but the number of people using recycled paper pencils is nearly a handful.
- Reduce the use of unsustainable wood or materials. A good-size tree will make about 300,000 pencils.
- Recycle papers into useful materials.
- Reuse materials which are going waste and standing out as an example in promoting sustainable practices.
The traditional wood pencil is made through a process of sandwiching, where the lead is sandwich between two halves of wood. Whereas, in the recycled paper pencils, the pencil-making process is through rolling of papers over the lead. This rolling process ensures the graphite lead is placed strategically at the centre ensuring long life. In addition, since the papers are rolled, the paper pencils offer great grip to users.
- Paper pencils can withstand shock. Since the lead is placed 100% centred, any force on the pencil is equally distributed ensuring no breakage.
- Paper pencils offer excellent grip than the traditional wood pencil. This is because of the rolling process of making paper pencils.
- Paper pencils don’t use any toxic chemicals in manufacturing. The entire process is semi-automated and mostly handcrafted.
- Paper pencils offer long lifetime to sharpener since paper is softer than wood.
- Paper pencils offer continuous writing experience since the lead is placed at the centre and there are no uneven surfaces like the wood pencil to create breakage.
- Paper pencils offer smooth & elegant writing on the paper which can be erased completely with erasers.