writing green

They’re little things, but I hope they add up. And if not, at least I tried.

Of course, I begin by using recycled paper and even though I print way too much of it, I do recycle when I’m done with it.

How about trying Forest Choice pencils. Incense-cedar — remember the crisp, clean, cool smell of cedar pencils? Better still, they are forest-friendly.


I ordered mine from this ebay site, Pencil World Creativity Store, where wonder of wonders! They don’t gouge you on postage. (Have you ever wanted to buy a small item where the seller was going to charge you more for postage than the item cost? Not these people.)

And then, there are pencil sharpeners. I bought mine from the same site for the same reason, but give it some thought. Do you really need an electric or battery pencil sharpener? Really?

I ordered both of these —

— because I’m extravagant like that.

And if you want even more choices, check out Pencil Things. 252 pencil sharpeners. From the old school standard Boston


— to the cute little bears (their bodies are erasers!) —


— to the $330 El Casco model —


— I’m inclined to think if they don’t have it, it doesn’t exist. (Prove me wrong and see if I care.)

I’ll be adding other green writing materials here. Please share your own, too!

So here I am, March 14, 2007.

It’s time for an update.

I just wanted to let you know that those Forest Choice pencils are WONDERFUL. I love them. The lead is soft enough to be “expressive” when it writes, and is smooth and easy-feeling, no drag. They smell terrific, too.

Pencil sharpeners? Another great purchase. The two-tip one creates a really terrific point, not too sharp and breaky. The other is also good and easy to carry with me in my bag.

And I’m adding a new link here — I finally found a great resource about recycled paper resources, from office paper to toilet paper. (Not that the two are in any way related, other than they are both paper, you know.)

With links to other good info, as well.

Trees are our friends. Let’s save as many of them as we can, okay?


Thanks. I knew I could count on you.

8 responses to “writing green

  1. I like the old school standard Boston myself! Memories!!! How are the cedar pencils forest friendly?

  2. Our ForestChoice® pencils are manufactured from the finest California Incense-cedar wood, certified by the Forest Stewardship Council to have originated from environmentally well-managed forests. ForestChoice® now offers consumers a high-quality writing instrument that demonstrates a serious commitment to the environment.

    Of course, maybe it’s all marketing. It hooked me, didn’t it?

  3. Ekim Gib

    Mabye they used trees they planted themselves? It kind of sounds like that to me.

  4. Maybe that’s it, so it’s renewable. I do love these pencils, though. They have a lovely soft lead that is oh so nice to write with.

  5. ron

    i don’t mean to be a downer,
    but forest choice pencils are made thusly:
    mined graphite, with patrol wax for smoother writing
    wood shipped from CA to asia, made into pencils, shipped back, sent to customers
    they take a lot of gas
    they’re nice to write with though

  6. ron

    oops, pEtrol

  7. Hi there,

    I was just browsing green writing equip and I came across this page:-)

    We sell recycled pens here http://www.jmpennifeather.co.uk/pilot/bottle-to-pen Feel free to add em to your list if you want. I think recycled pens are gonna be the only thing we are allowed to sell one day!

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