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Sourcing

For each product we source and trace the value chain back to the raw materials. We want you to be fully informed on where and how the product is made.

Our selection criteria are part of why we exist: in each category we are seeking for the best products, manufactured in the best conditions and at the lowest environmental impact.

We want those products to last. And there is no secret, the first way to do that is to offer products people actually want. Beauty and design are at the core of our selection process.

Eco friendly corporate gifts by Merchery

Raw materials

In our quest for sustainability, we are opting for materials presenting a reduced environmental impact throughout its entire life cycle: from the extraction of the raw material to its production process, its use and disposal. Here are some of the raw materials we favor.

Metals can be sustainable. Recycling stainless steel and aluminium requires up to 95% less energy and emits far lower amount of greenhouse gas than mining ore and processing it to new metal.

We source 100% organic cotton textile. It has the advantage of being a natural, GMO-free fibre that uses less water than standard cotton and which production does not involve the use of chemicals.

Plastic is everywhere in our lives. Unfortunately, while still being a vital asset for humanity, its production requires a lot of energy. About eight percent of the world’s oil is used to make plastic. Though it exists substitutes that require less fossile fuels and reduce the greenhouse gaz emissions: recycled, bio-based and biodegradable plastics.

Sustainable ethical textile fabric 100% organic cotton made in transparency

Transport

International freight transports are estimated to currently account for around 30% of all transport related CO2 emissions, and more than 7% of global emissions. Analysts forecasted a fourfold increase of trade-related freight transport emission by 2050.

For a good part of the products we offer, transport appears to be a significant source of carbon emissions. For long distances, we avoid air shipping and favor slower transportation modes such as train and boat emitting up to 150 times less emissions than planes.

Our factories

The golf ball factory

Spain

Here is the story of the first European factory of recycled golf balls. More than 420 million golf balls are lost per year around the world. Knowing that a golf ball can take up to 1000 years to decompose, this represent an insanely huge amount of plastic waste to tackle. That's the bet of our golf ball factory located in Spain - contributing to preserve golf courses and reduce the world's pollution and waste accumulation.

They team up with the most prestigious golf courses all over the world, to collect used golf balls. In addition, they offer professional lake diving services to collect golf balls at the bottom of lakes. By using the most modern equipment in manufacturing they can reprocess golf balls and contribute to the recovery of their lost properties. In that way, they help to preserve the eco-system while providing high quality golf balls with less ressources.

Branded refurbished golf balls made in spain

The brewery

Belgium

The brewery is firstly a family story. The Humblet family was in search of a site to build a new brewery & continue their tradition and long list of beers brewed by their father, Benoit Humblet.

In 2011, they discovered the farm of Bertinchamps, situated not far from Gembloux in the countryside of Belgium.

Although extremely old and decayed, the farm had stunning character, situated in an environment that equals its prestige. It was time for some rejuvenation and the renovation project began immediately. The whole family embarks on this amazing project: to create and develop new authentic beers, but also restore a huge abandonment site, the Bertinchamps farm. Almost 2 years of remarkable work and finally in March 2013 the brewing system was installed in the old barns. Ultra modern fermentation tanks of a capacity of 6.000HL, an astonishing contrast of modern technology and the farm dating back more than 7 centuries.

Bertinchamps branded beer family made in belgium locally

The grass pen factory

Taïwan

For many years Michael Ma has been concerned about the environmental issues of global warming very much, and constantly pondering the relationship between nature and our advanced culture. At some point, he randomly discovered a meaningful material that is composed of contradictory elements: grass and recycled plastic.

Natural grass is one of the most primitive plant in the world, which occupies 25% of land, and is un-exhaustible in the world. Plastic is our civilized material of the last century, but is exhaustible. It is damaging the environment and shall be controlled with coming regulations.

After years of thinking and exploration of the nature and our modern culture, Michael has was inspired to create a company improving the contradictory relationship between our civilized world and the nature. His goal? Making natural grass and recycled plastic meet around an eco-friendly and design object to support recycling and carbon reduction. The grass pen factory does not only offer an eco-friendly product, but also wants to raise the ecological consciousness by supporting various climate actions and NGOs.

The grass pen factory uses environmentally friendly processes. The pens are made with a blend of renewable and recycled raw materials (30% of natural grass and 70% of recycled and BPA free PET). The factory is also optimized to avoid any waste of products or water. The water used for the production is coming straight from the grass and is always cleaned and treated such that the process is self sufficient and doesn't require additional water.

Facts:

  • Location: Taipei, Taiwan
  • Foundation: 2013
  • Number of employees: 9
  • Number of shifts: 1
  • Working hours: 48
  • Certificates: SGS
Branded pens made of grass and bioplastics eco friendly promotional item

Caran d'Ache

Switzerland

Over the course of 100 years, Caran d'Ache instruments have become internationally renowned for the drawing and writing experience they offer through the elegance of their lines, the quality of their materials, the purity of their pigments and the technical brilliance of their design.

The family business, which was founded in Geneva in 1915, owes this to a shared vision, the unique values of Swiss Made excellence, and an innate sense of creativity and innovation.

Their values are the soul that goes into crafting the products and the beacon that guides them every day and in everything they do.

They create an entire state of mind that ensures they remain inventive, environmentally responsible, committed to passing on knowledge and education, focused on their quest for excellence, and loyal to the Swiss Made label that embodies the quality of their products.

Their commitments feed into a long-term vision that places sustainable development and social responsibility at the heart of everything they do.

The proof of this is easy to see in the number of steps they have taken to protect the environment and the partnerships we have formed. They work with social and cultural stakeholders and with local and international artists who are proud to be ambassadors for their values.

Branded caran d ache pen made in switzerland

The lunch box factory

China

The lunch box factory was established since 2008 in Guangdong, a Chinese province known for the manufacturing of stainless steel products.

The company is specialized in manufacturing stainless steel kitchenware and cookware such as lunch boxes, cutlery and other kitchen utensils. The company values offering quality products while limit the impact of its activities on the environment. All stainless steel objects produced in the lunch box factory are made from BPA-free 304 food grade stainless steel. In addition, the company only works with 100% recycled raw materials sourced in Zhongshan. When recycled steel does not lose any physical properties while the process is much less harmful for the planet. It requires drastically less energy and materials than mining ore and processing it to steel.

Facts:

  • Location: Guangdong, China
  • Foundation: 2008
  • Number of employees: 700
  • Working hours: 42
  • Certificates: ISO 9001, SGS
The stainless steel lunch box factory branded and sustainable promotional product

The aluminium bottle factory

Spain

When the aluminium bottle company was founded, more than 100 years ago, beverages and food were transported and stored in reusable containers. Back in the days, global warming and environmental awareness had nothing to do with that. It was just the only available option!

In addition to the need for durable containers, they had to be made of materials able to preserve contents for as long as possible. At a time when microwaves and refrigerators were still unknown words, the longer the food was kept warm and the fresher the water, the better.

For this reason, since its foundation in the region of Murcia (Spain), back in 1912, conservation, reusability, quality and durability are words that have formed part of the aluminium bottle factory's DNA.

Today, things have changed a lot. Technology has evolved rapidly, materials and the way they are treated have changed, so did the finishes, the designs... Consumers are much more demanding in terms of design and performance, both at and outside home. In addition to this, the world is now facing one of the greatest challenges of this century: the reduction in the consumption of disposable plastic. And this new context makes the needs for conservation, reusability, quality and durability even more relevant than ever.

Although in a completely different way, 100 years later, foundations are still there. The aluminium bottle factory continues to manufacture bottles, canteens and other reusable containers made of aluminium of the highest quality and durability, offering maximum thermal performance and a very well thought-out design.

The aluminium bottles are made of 99,7% pure aluminium. A specific coating is baked into the inner bottle walls. This high temperature curing binds the coating to the bottle interior and prevents it from ever chipping or flaking off. The coating is guaranteed to be BPA, Phthalates and lead free, as well as taste and scent neutral. All aluminum bottles are both reusable and recyclable.

Facts:

  • Location: Murcia, Spain
  • Foundation: 1912
  • Certificates: ISO 9001, ISO 14001

Branded aluminium bottle company made in spain

The plastic bottle factory

China

The plastic bottle company is a family business started by Alex and his sister. It all started in 2017 when Alex wanted to fight against the excessive use of disposable plastic bottles.

In 2017, Alex and his sister decided to act and setup a factory of reusable plastic bottle. Their goal was simple - manufacturing reusable plastic bottles for a daily use, that could last and replace disposable plastic bottles.

All bottles are made of high quality BPA-free plastic that is 100% recyclable and sourced locally. The factory has improved processes to limit their waste. All defected bottles are sent to recycling and the factory has no used-water. Water is used in the cooling systems of the machines and molds over and over but never used for cleaning.

Facts:

  • Location: Zhejiang, China
  • Foundation: 2017
  • Number of employees: 25
  • Number of shifts: 1
  • Working hours: 56 hours
Plastic bottle factory ecological and sustainable branded water bottle

The cycling bottle factory

The Netherlands

The cycling bottle company intends to make a positive contribution to the environment and contribute to reducing disposable plastic. To do so, they work with ‘nature-friendly’ eco materials such as biobased polyethylene made of sugarcane and biodegradable polyethylene.

The bottle are made of biodegradable polyethylene that decomposes in the landfill. The flexibility of this material means it is much more recyclable. On one hand because it is simply made of polyethylene, you can dispose of this bottle in the plastics bin to be 100% recycled. On the other hand, the bottle is biodegradable.

This is achieved by adding a bio-batch to the material that changes the molecular structure of the bottle. This had no effect on the use of the bottle until it is in the landfill or is accidentally left behind during a ride through the forest. In the middle of the landfill or under a layer of leaves and soil in the forest, there is heat and humidity. At the correct temperature, the bio-batch additive activates and the bottle decomposes into water, humus and gas. It does not degrade into small pieces of plastic as in oxo-biodegradable materials. The whole composting process in a landfill takes about one to five years. In nature this takes longer. Furthermore, in the landfill the gas can be recaptured for use as an energy source.

branded Bio bottles designed and produced in nl family technique innovation

The stainless steel bottle factory

China

The stainless steel bottle factory is also our stainless steel mug and stainless steel straw factory.

This factory is established since 2012 in Jiangsu, China.

The company is born from a joint venture between well established groups of stainless steel manufacturers. Their mission was to put their expertise at the service of mother earth by developing a large range of stainless steel objects that could become our everyday mates.

The company values offering durable and quality products. And if the stainless steel bottle factory is making goods products, better doing it in a good way... The factory aims to limit the impact of its activities on the environment and to provide a safe and respectful workplace to its employees. All stainless steel objects produced in the stainless steel bottle factory are made from BPA-free 304 food grade stainless steel. In addition, the company only works with 100% recycled raw materials sourced in Zhongshan. When recycled, steel does not lose any physical properties while the process is much less harmful for the planet. It requires drastically less energy and materials than mining ore and processing it to steel.

Facts:

  • Location: Jiangsu, China
  • Foundation: 2008
  • Number of employees: 700
  • Working hours: 42
  • Certificates: ISO 9001, ISO 14001
Branded stainless steel bottle ethical and sustainable corporate gift

The toothbrush factory

France

Bioseptyl is the toothbrush range of La Brosserie Française. Last representative of a traditional activity in the Thérain valley, Bioseptyl resists the globalization effect and has chosen to produce French. Here is its story...

In 1845, Alphonse Dupont created in Beauvais La Brosse et Dupont, a manufacture of brushes, tablets and buttons in the heart of the Thérain valley. Along this river having participated in the development of what quickly became a local tradition, the Beauvais site flourished and employed up to 450 people. Today it has almost 170 years of expertise in the oral and hairbrush sector.

But the phenomenon of globalisation is gradually taking its toll on the profitability of the site, as it has done for many French industries. After several takeovers, the definitive closure threatens when the idea of a crazy bet takes shape...

The Made in France bet

Safeguarding a traditional activity in the region, while at the same time making it part of the future: this is the challenge of relocation. In 2012, the site takes its fate in hand, and an employee is putting together a business plan. The management changes hands, and the new company name La Brosserie Française is created: the production tools are gradually repatriated to France, with the will to fight to save local know-how.

This means that all products are imagined, developed and produced in France. From now on, the transformation of plastics is done in Perche, then stacking and packaging are done on the historical site of Beauvais. Proximity ensures traceability, product quality and safety, while limiting the impact on the environment.

Eco-design, a priority focus. They strive to minimise the impact on the environment in the following way :

  • A reduced use of plastic, in products or packaging.
  • The use of solid dyes in order to minimise the use of rinsing solvents.
  • The use of recycled cardboard and vegetable ink for our packaging in large and medium-sized stores.
  • Recycling, through the reuse of industrial tools and through selective sorting in the factory.
  • Local production: small-scale production flows reduce transport and thus emissions from CO₂.
  • The choice of French suppliers.

Facts:

  • Location: Beauvais, France
  • Foundation: 2012
  • Certificates: Guaranteed Made in France, Ecocert, EnVol, ISO 9001, ISO 13485, Energie Verte, Parents
La brosserie française bioseptyl branded toothbrush

The ashtray factory

The Netherlands

The ashtray production is part of SEAVENTS sustainable event solutions, an initiative founded by a group of surfers on a mission to reduce waste and stimulate awareness and activation around waste at music events & festivals.
The neck of the ashtray is a preform, a so called semi-finished product for plastic bottles produced in the Netherlands. They are made out of R-PET (recycled and recyclable polyethylene terephthalate). The lid comes from Dubai and is made of polyethylene and is recyclable when properly collected.

The ashtrays are assembled in Hoorn (the Netherlands) in a ''sociale werkplaats'' which is a Dutch concept. It is a social employment facility where the employees are people who experience difficulties to getting a regular job, such as people with a handicap, disability or ex-prisoners. In this way they try to contribute to the social sustainability of our product as well.

Werksaam facility hoorn

Moleskine

China

The company was first known as Modo&Modo, a small Milanese publisher that, in 1997, brought the original notebook back to life and established the Moleskine® trademark. Moleskine Srl was listed on the Italian Stock Exchange in 2013. The brand was acquired and delisted by D’Ieteren at the end of 2016.

Today, the Moleskine company has around 500 employees and a vast network of partners. Moleskine has always paid close attention to sustainability issues, from which some of its fundamental values are derived.
Moleskine is active on a daily basis reducing the direct and indirect environmental impact of its routine activities, both in the office and in connection with the production processes it manages.

All Moleskine collections are conceived and designed in Italy by Moleskine and manufactured in China, where the paper was invented in the 2nd century A.D. In China, Moleskine works closely with manufacturers able to combine mass production with a level of care and attention more typical to artisanal craftsmanship. All our suppliers are required to provide certifications of environmental and social sustainability in their manufacturing processes, issued by major international associations.

All Moleskine products are compliant with California Proposition 65, one of the most stringent regulations in the world regarding the safety and environmental impact of materials. Moleskine is FSC-certified (Forest Stewardship Council), supporting responsible management of the world’s forests. Moleskine notebooks are made with environmentally friendly acid-free (no chlorine) paper.

Facts:

  • Location: China
  • Foundation: 1997
  • Certificates: FSC
Branded notebook moleskine made ethically for Merchery

The biscuit maker

Belgium

La Biscuiterie Namuroise is the story of 3 cookie-lovers and friends willing to make biscuits great again. The Namur based cookie venture positions itself as a manufacturer of home-made and local biscuits as we loved them so much. The recipes are inspired from their grandfather, a master baker (La Boulangerie Gilain) who, in 1908, was willing to give back its letters of nobility to the biscuits of yesterday. By definition, biscuits are crisp, crunchy and dry. This is what La Biscuiterie Namuroise promotes and produces.

Facts:

  • Location: Namur, Belgium
  • Foundation: 2019
  • Number of employees: 4
La biscuiterie namuroise branded cookie

Stanley/Stella

Bangladesh

Since its launch in 2012, STANLEY/STELLA has focused on simplicity, highlighting the essence of the garment. They want to break codes and to change the perception of the textile industry. To offer products that respect people, the environment and customers. To produce more authentic and more responsible clothes that you are proud to wear and sell. Pieces that initiate change in the textile industry, made in a more humane, ethical and ecological way.

More than 99% of Stanley/Stella textile production is made in Bengladesh in their 5 partner factories. The jackets in recycled polyester are made in China (Shuangxi).

Stanley/Stella is convinced that manufacturing in Asia is a good thing if done properly. And properly means respecting the rights of the men and women that they employ. It means giving them the means to acquire new skills and to receive education and training.

In Dhaka, they have a 19-person team, all Bangladeshi, that monitors their 5 partner factories every day. All of which are GOTS-certified and audited by the Fair Wear Foundation, of which Stanley/Stella is a recognized member. They also have a part-time Sourcing Manager in China to ensure Chinese suppliers' compliance with their quality standards and sustainable policies.

They favor organic or recycled materials that care for your skin and the environment.

Stanley/Stella never uses standard cotton. Most of the clothing is made from 100% organic cotton. Organic cotton is a natural, GMO-free fibre that uses less water than standard cotton. In addition, its production does not involve the use of chemicals (no fertilizers or pesticides) and encourages rotation of crops to keep soil healthier, more fertile and maintain humidity. Waste from the cotton ginning process is also recycled for the animal feed industry.

The entire production chain benefits from the strictest environmental certifications and labels in the market. Among them - GOTS. GOTS is the Global Organic Textile Standard label. The strictest certification for textiles made from organic fibres. GOTS tracks the entire chain of production from farm to factory: from harvesting of the cotton, weaving of fibres, assembly of items, to the final product before printing, including even the export of our clothing! It certifies that Stanley/Stella cotton is GMO-free and is grown without the use of chemicals and is processed and dyed without using any banned toxic substances. GOTS also ensures compliance with the labour standards of the International Labour Organisation throughout the chain of production.

Facts:

  • Location: 4 factories in Bengladesh and 1 in China (Quanzhou)
  • Foundation: 2012
  • Number of employees: 20,824 in 5 factories in Bangladesh and 400 in China (Quanzhou)
  • Certificates: GOTS, Oeko-Tex, OCS Blended, OCS 100, Fairwear Foundation, GRS, Vegan, PETA
Stanley Stella Bangladesh Factory I made your clothes sign

AŸ Cactus

France

Coralie and Clémentine have started AŸ, a French brand of cactus 100% made in Paris, whose pretty and very pop pots are customizable.

All the production is made in a traditional way and in a local network in Paris. They started the business by doing everything themselves: they had their own nurseries in the Paris region and also repotted the cacti themselves. They recovered used cans and had a printer at home for the personalization of the pots.

Today, although the activity has grown, Coralie and Clémentine find it extremely important to maintain this ecological and ethical approach. For the sake of homogeneity and standardization, they have now delegated all this potting work and work with a professional printer, but everything is still done in a traditional way and in a local network, it's really made in Paris.

Coralie et Clémentine AY Cactus branded plant

Rains

China

Based in Scandinavia, Rains is a contemporary rainwear lifestyle brand.

They work with few, close manufacturing partners in order to build valuable partnerships that contributes to good quality, dialogue, sharing of knowledge and responsible development. All of our Rains products are manufactured in Chinese factories with more than 15 years of experience in rainwear and performance garments. Rains is proud to partner with professional and ethical factories that produce high-quality products in safe working conditions. The factories are aligned with our employee standards, including but not exclusive to: secure health insurance, proper working schedules, and clean working environments.

While Rains values a dialogue-based supplier relationship, they find ethical audits to be a useful tool in gaining insight in our production. The audits help them to understand how their manufacturing partners work and identify potential risk areas. Their audits are conducted by specialist third-party auditors carefully selected by amfori BSCI – the leading global business association for open and sustainable trade. Going beyond monitoring, they engage in training and education programmes to support their suppliers’ efforts in meeting Rains’ expectations.

Rains has specifically chosen sustainable materials. The PU-coating as it is significantly more environment-friendly than its hormone disrupting alternatives: PVC and DWR-PFC. A light woven polyester fiber is used as the backside of the water-repellent PU-coating. Together, the polyester and the PU represents a strong construction that both keeps the fit and keeps you dry. The environmental benefit of polyester is that the synthetic material is completely recyclable, and by 2021, Rains' goal is to minimize its use of virgin polyester. To do this, Rains introduce a recycled polyester microfiber made of plastic bottles from a closed loop system.

Going forward, Rains will remain having a focus on reducing their transport carbon footprint with the help of efficient capacity planning and by keeping the percentage of air freight down to a minimum (currently 6%).

Branded Rains Responsible production Mindful manufactoring Rains

The candle factory

France

The candle factory, based in France, is specialized in manufacturing handmade scented candles and other air fresheners. They favor natural ingredients and eco-friendly production and sourcing processes. Their vegetable-based candles are made of entirely natural products, such as soybean oil, coconut oil and beeswax. They are GMO-free, without palm oil and do not contain any mineral wax or paraffin.

A wise combination and their 100% cotton or 100% wood wicks guarantee an optimal olfactory diffusion.

Indeed, their chemists have conduct a lot of research to improve the olfactory rendering of 100% soy wax candles and they have developed their own formula which is the perfect alchemy between all the different components in order to maximize the diffusion of the perfume. The combustion of the soy wax candles does not hide the perfume but rather amplifies it. They also integrate ECOCERT certified natural fragrances or essential oils.

Branded scented candle factory

Continental Clothing

China

Continental Clothing is a brand of fashion apparel based in the UK. Their factories are located in Bangladesh, India, Turkey and China for some garments.

Over the last 12 years, Continental Clothing has produced an extensive work in the field of sustainable clothing manufacture, covering the work on traceability, advocating the banning of child labour in the Uzbekistan cotton industry, choosing low impact cotton, supporting organic cotton farming, offering 100% certified organic coton garments, reducing the carbon footprint of its products by 90%, the development of a state-of-the art clothing factory in India and others.

Continental Clothing is as a member of Fair Wear Foundation since 2006. All the Company’s manufacturing facilities are regularly audited for social compliance and are running active monitoring programmes in accordance with standards advocated by the International Labour Organisation, the Ethical Trading Initiative and other international bodies.

Continental clothing is supplying us the caps. These caps are made in China entirely with 100% organic coton.

Facts:

  • Location: Jiang Su, China
  • Number of employees: 3,084
  • Working hours: 60
  • Certificates: OCS, Oeko-Tex 100
Cotton bag continental clothing factory branded 100% organic cap

The turkish towel company

Turkey

Sometimes called Hammam towel or Turkish towel, Peshtemal is a unique towel that is mostly associated with Turkish spas.

Peshtemal originated in the Ottoman Empire (present-day Turkey), and its creation dates back several centuries ago. Trade between the Bosphorus and Europe led to the importation of large numbers of Hamman towels, and they promptly become one of the most popular types of towels.

The towel itself is made from Turkish cotton, which has interesting properties compared to traditional cotton: its longer fiber makes the Peshtemal much stronger and more durable than traditional bath towels. This fiber also has the surprising peculiarity of becoming softer and more absorbent with each wash. Besides, Peshtemal bath towels can be used in many different ways, from tablecloths to picnic blankets or beach towels.

Semih and his family have decided to combine their know-how and services to offer Premium Turkish towels. The cotton used is OEKO-TEX certified, and dyed with healthy and nature-friendly colorants, guaranteeing a piece that combines elegance and quality.

Facts:

  • Location: Denizli, Turkey
  • Family business
  • Certificates: OEKO-TEX

Tactic

Finland

For more than fifty years, the Finnish board game brand Tactic has been recognized for its innovative and sustainable high-quality creations that entertain millions of people throughout the world.

Today, the group brings together some of the most renowned, productive, and in-demand designers, distributors, and manufacturers in the European board and outdoor game industry. Leaders in the Scandinavian market, they are present in more than 70 countries.

All games are made from 100% natural wood from sustainably managed pine and birch forests: the guarantee of a high-quality and eco-friendly product.

Orbitkey

Australia

Founded in 2013, Orbitkey was insipired by intentional living. The founders had a simple idea to solve the problems related to jingling keys, a key organiser. After a kickstarter campaign, they realized many people believed in their vision. Their goal is to impact the organization world.

The product is highly durable and has premium finishes. It is made in genuine cowhide leather. A unique mix of hand-crafted and highly precise automated processes is used. Therefore, everyone is sure to find what he or she is looking for, thanks to soft-touch materials of the highest quality complemented by durable and tailor-made materials. This product embodies elegance, simplicity of transport and well-thought-out organisation.

Over time, their challenge has been to create new products to revolutionise traditional ways of organisation.

Facts:

  • Location: Melbourne, Australia
  • Certificates: Chemical testing pursuant to Directive(EU)2015/863, Certificate of Conformity for Directive 2014_53_EU, 'Authorised substances' from the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA), Heavy metals requirements of the European Council Directive 94/62/EC on packaging and packaging waste and many more

Sprout

Denmark

From a student's idea to 10 million seed pencils sold

The idea of the Sprout pencil is very simple: as soon as it becomes too small to write or color, you stick it in! In this way, you give it new life by turning it into herbs, vegetables, or flowers. The Sprout pencil is 100% natural and biodegradable and has become a popular green alternative to plastic ballpoint pens with company logos.

As its founder, Michael Stausholm, says: "Every year an estimated 50 billion ballpoint pens are produced and sold. That's 135 million plastic pens a day! An enormous amount of plastic that sooner or later will end up in landfills. If we could replace just a tiny fraction of plastic pens with plantable pencils, we would have a good reason to be".

Sprout (which means "Brussels sprout" in Brussels parlance) does not only want to sell pencils. They have made it their mission to be the preferred alternative. "If you can stick a pencil in, what else can you do to recycle more? ». This is the mindset behind Project Sprout.

The highest ethical and environmental standards are rigorously followed within the manufacturing process and the company, and all pencils are made from PEFC or FSC certified wood.

Sprout World is also developing the world's first plantable make-up pencil, which should be launched soon.

The yoga mat factory

China

Established in 2015, the factory is located in Yiwu city, in the dynamic province of Zhejiang. The implantation has over 5000 square meter workshop with 50 workers and 25 person sales team. They are experts in eco-friendlier sports equipment.

The sales staff are trained and experienced in the products they sell, ensuring they are able to offer the best advice when purchasing the fitness equipment

Facts

  • location: China, province of Zhejiang
  • Working hours: 60
  • Number of employees: 75