One of the most tragic and ridiculous uses of rainforest wood is for pencils. But the reality is that many of the pencils used in the U.S. are made from an endangered rainforest wood called jelutong. Jelutong is logged from the rainforests of Indonesia and Malaysia. You can tell it apart from the usual incense cedar because itís lighter in color, has no grain and the pencil will bend a little. Itís very common in imported pencils. But some U.S. companies import jelutong blanks to use to manufacture pencils.

Americans bought an estimated 4.3 billion pencils in 1998, a 53% jump from 1991 (Wall street Journal, Nov. 24, 2000, ďA Pencil Icon Tries to Get a GripĒ).

These companies make or sell jelutong pencils


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What to Choose

A number of companies manufacture and sell pencils made from recycled materials.

Eberhard Faber makes two recycled pencils, the American Eagle Recycled and the EarthWrite (which has replaced the American EcoWriter).

Tree Smart makes pencils from rolled recycled newsprint.

Tree Smart, Inc.
P.O. Box 502
Lake Oswego, OR 97034 USA
Fax: 503/722-9656
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Other companies make pencils from recycled denim.
Eberhard Faber EarthWrite

Eberhard Faber GmbH
P.O. Box 1220
92302 Neumarkt
Tel: 09181/430-0

Available from:

Green Earth Office Supply
59 N. Santa Cruz Ave
Los Gatos, CA 95030
Tel 800 327-8449
Tel 408 395-3975
Fax 408 395-3965

Amazing Recycled Products Inc.
P.O. Box 312
Denver, CO 80201
Toll free: 800/241-2174
Local: 303/699-7693
Fax: 303/699-2102
Sales Department -
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GreenLine Paper Company
631 S. Pine Street
York PA 17403
Phone: 800/641-1117
Fax: 717/846-3806

Weisenbach Specialty Printing
437 Holtzman Avenue
Columbus, Ohio 43205 USA
Phone (614) 251-8585
Fax (614) 251-8440
Toll Free (800) 778-5420

Close the Loop, LLC
RR4 Box 4282
Kunkletown PA 18058
Tel: 570/629-8414
In PA, call: 570.629.8414
Toll Free: 1.866.629.8414

a happy planet
3242 16th Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
Toll-free: 888/424-2779
Local: 415/552-6265
Fax: 415/552-6264
General Questions:
Order Inquiries:
Wholesale Inquiry:

Recycled Paper Supplies
01676 533832

Pencils from recycled vending cups

Available from:

Future Forests Ltd
4 Great James Street
London WC1N 3DB

Tel: +44 (0) 870 241 1932
Fax: +44 (0) 207 242 5367

General enquiries and sales:

For businesses:

For media:

For US contact:
Tel AM: +1 (310) 472 2680
Tel PM: +1 (310) 383-7588