Colour and graphite ('lead') pencils are a delight to use and brighten up our lives. Like all products however, their manufacture should take place in an environmentally responsible way. Many pencils sold cheaply in Australia today are encased in rainforest timbers from South-East Asia. Their cost does not reflect the true cost of unsustainable forestry practices. Nor are many of the timbers used truly suitable for pencils - poor sharpening, splintering and breakage are the consequences.
All of the sustainable wooden pencils in our range are encased in untreated purpose-grown timber from sustainably-managed forests. No paint or lacquer has been used on the wooden body of the pencils. Colours are high quality, smooth and safe (non-toxic), conforming to stringent European standards. The pencils are easy to sharpen and resist breakage/splintering.
Over coming years we expect and anticipate that the manufacturers of these pencils will move to achieving FSC-certification for their products. This can be a relatively long and somewhat expensive process, especially for smaller firms.
Our sustainable timber range includes short colour pencils, extra thick colour pencils, standard and extra thick Rainbow pencils, thick highlighter pencils, and wooden double sharpeners.