Itty Bitty Bonzai #9

July 17th, 2009 - filed under: Furthermore » Itty Bitty Bonzai

Itty Bitty Bonzai is a collection of tiny tips and tricks for living a life more mindful. Small actions, collectively and compounded, become a powerful force of change.

#9 You know what thrills me more than it rightfully should? Brand new, freshly sharpened, perfectly pointy pencils. HA!

In college, the first day of class was always my favorite – lining up my new notepad, cracking the spine on whatever tome of a textbook, and all that hope and potential harnessed in a brand new, at-the-ready yellow #2.

So I just had to share this fabulous find, for the geeky and graphical among us. Tree Smart is a little green business that uses old newspapers to make little green pencils (literally!), without any mulching or toxins in the process. Starting with the graphite core, newspaper is wrapped around and around and sealed with adhesive. The binder dries as hard as wood so these pencils sharpen just like normal!



  • Meghan


  • Alex

    Pretty cool idea! It has me thinking about what other sorts of products that method could be applied to.

  • Andrew

    I can’t think of the last time I used an automatic pencil, much less an old #2 yellow.

  • Sayward

    @ Meghan – Totally!

    @ Alex – I know! I bet there’s all sorts of interesting applications.

    @ Andrew – Haha, I guess I’m just old school like that. =)

  • Leigha

    I found a cool little store that sells pencils made from reclaimed currency AND from reclaimed denim. They work well AND they make fabulous gifts for co-workers and acquaintances.

  • Jackie

    these look sooo cool, but 2 questions…

    is the binding agent “green” as well?

    and do they turn your fingers black like touching regular newspaper does?

  • Sayward

    @ Leigha – Sounds adorable! And yes, those would be awesome little gifts. =)

    @ Jackie – The website calls it a ‘safe, non-toxic solution’. And it appears that the binder coats the newspaper, so it won’t rub off on your fingers. Check out the website! – there’s a bunch of info and videos and stuff.