FAQ about pencils

What are the Sprout pencils made of?

The Sprout pencil is a natural product made of certified wood sourced from responsibly managed forests graphite, clay, and a cellulose capsule with non-GMO seeds.

Does the Sprout pencil contain lead?

No. In fact, it’s a myth that pencils contain lead as lead hasn’t been used in any pencils since Roman times! The Sprout pencil is 100% natural and non-toxic. It’s made of certified wood sourced from responsibly managed forests,graphite, clay and non-GMO seeds.

Can I get my pencils personalized?

Most definitely! You have the option to personalize Sprout pencils on orders from 10 to 400 pencils. Your message will be expertly printed onto your pencils. Personalized pencils make fantastic giveaways at weddings, baby showers and they can also be used as ‘green’ business cards.
Businesses and organizations are able to customize Sprout pencils with their logo and message on orders of 500 + plus pencils. You can choose to have your message engraved or color printed (currently only available to businesses in the EU). Packaging options, like our single card or sleeve can be customized with your logo or message

Can I get the plant name engraved in my own language?

Absolutely – you can engrave Sprout pencils with any text or design if you order a minimum of 500 pencils. Contact us to find out more about customization options.

What can Sprout pencils be used for?

Sprout pencils are popular with adults and children of all ages and make great gifts. In a business context, they’rean ideal promotional gift for launches, kick-off meetings, seminars, conferences, and teambuilding events – as well as a good alternative to plastic pens. See how other organizations and businesses have used Sprout pencils.

Are Sprout pencils available in different colors?

Yes, they come in eight colors and graphite. Each color has its own plant variant. See the product catalog for more details.

Where are the Sprout pencils produced?

We have production sites in Europe in Lodz, Poland and in Minnesota in the US. These sites manufacture and ship original and patented Sprout pencils to our green-fingered creative customers all over the world.

Can I plant my pencils all year around?

Yes, you can plant your pencils all year around. They usually require sunlight, so we recommend that you place your pots by a window. How quick your plant will germinate depends on the variety of plant. You can visit our greenhouse for growing instructions for each seed.

Can Sprout pencils grow both outdoors and indoors?

Yes. It depends on the plant variant and the season. Visit the Sprout greenhouse for more details.

How long does it take for my pencil to germinate?

That depends on the plant variant. One of our fastest and most popular variants is basil, which germinates between five and ten days after planting. In just two weeks, you can have a pot of fresh basil. Learn more about the different seed types in the Sprout greenhouse.

What happens to the pencil stub once it's planted?

The pencil stub basically functions as a name tag for the seed type of your pencil. It’s 100% biodegradable and will decompose if buried.

Does the pencil affect the taste of the plant?

No. The pencil stub has absolutely no impact on the new plant.

Why do my pencils have different wood tones?

The Sprout pencil is a natural product. We make our pencils out of different wood types, which can vary in tone but even for the same wood type different trees may vary in color.
Though the wood tones or colors may vary from order to order, we assure you that the quality is always the same.

Are Sprout pencils safe for children?

All Sprout pencils are non-toxic, sustainable and are produced using certified wood from responsibly managed forests The capsule is made from cellulose which is a plant-based material. The capsule contains a bit of wood flour and non-GMO seeds and is completely harmless if ingested – although it won’t taste great!
The product is EN71-3 approved. EN-71 is a safety standard certificate which proves that the Sprout pencil is safe and harmless for children. We do recommend keeping pencils away from children aged 0-3 years.

Why would you want to plant a pencil?

The idea is to plant the pencil stub when it’s too short to write or color with. This gives it a new lease on life, instead of being thrown away. The Sprout pencil becomes a symbol of sustainability.

Why is the Sprout pencil patented?

The Sprout patent is your guarantee that when you buy an original Sprout plantable pencil your pencil meets the highest standards of quality and is non-toxic and sustainably sourced and produced.

The Sprout original patented plantable pencil is a patented product under e.g., US patent no. 9,643,447 and EP patent no. EP2885136. The Sprout pencil is patent granted or patent pending in all major regions and countries including but not limited to USA, Canada, Europe, Turkey, China, Japan, Australia, South Korea etc.
Design, functionality as well as technology is patent protected. The patents cover all writing instruments you can plant including but not limited to pencils, ballpens, makeup and brushes. Sprout™ is a protected trademark.