LOOK: Cebu startup produces plantable pencils that grow into herbs and fruits

Cebu Eco Hub Plantable Pencils
Eco Hub Cebu developed pencils with “gelatin capsules” which contain seeds. Credits Eco Hub Cebu.

What is a plantable pencil? It’s a Cebu-based startup company’s solution to throwing away pencils that are too short for writing or drawing.

Eco Hub Cebu produces and sells pencils that can grow into plants once the stub is placed on moist soil.

The environmentally-friendly company from Cebu developed the regular pencil using gelatin capsules containing plant seeds in the tail end instead of erasers.

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Buyers have the option to choose from different varieties of seeds such as basil, carrot, citronella, sunflower, tomato, and more. The seeded pencil stubs can grow in as fast as 5 to 10 days.

The plantable pencils are lead-free and are made from sustainable wood, graphite, and clay. Each capsule is allergen free, gluten-free, and preservative-free. Seeds are also non-genetically modified.

The plantable pencils are the newest addition to Eco Hub Cebu product lines that include reusable straws and utensils. The pencils are safe for children and have become the symbol of sustainability.

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These initiatives are part of Eco Hub Cebu’s advocacy for the environment. The eco-friendly products are answers to the worldwide call for raising environmental awareness and the reduction of the impact of global warming.

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Eco Hub Cebu’s plantable pencils are sold at the introductory price of PhP20 each.

Buyers of at least 500 pieces can avail of add-ons such as logos or messages.

Orders for Plantable Pencils can be made through this link:

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Atom Pornel is a tourism and broadcast journalism major who loves local art and heritage and is passionate about anything good news from the Philippines. Born from a Bicolano-Odionganon father and Waray mother, he has grown appreciation of our diversity as nation.