Each year 80,000 trees are felled just to make pencils. A standard plastic pen takes over 1 million years to decompose in a landfill. More than 40 billion used water bottles end up as garbage or litter each year. There’s a company trying to change this and reduce the waste. EcoVerte was founded with the specific mission of reinventing conventional office, stationery, and school supplies using eco-friendly materials and methods. “At EcoVerte, we are redefining green. We offer a complete line of products made from recycled paper and plastic, sustainably-harvested bamboo, and biodegradable materials,” said Brian Lampl, President of EcoVerte. “By using these components in combination with our manufacturing process, we are not only able to produce high-quality, innovative products at an affordable price but also save trees from being destroyed and repurpose materials that would otherwise end up in landfills.” Customer favorites include the Bamboo Pen made from natural bamboo, an environmentally friendly alternative to wood, and PLA, a biodegradable non-petroleum based plastic derived from natural plant sources; the Bottle Pen made from repurposed plastic bottles; and Newspaper Pencils made from recycled newspaper – no wood is used. Each pencil starts with the highest quality No. 2 / HB graphite for smooth, even writing. Then it is tightly wrapped in 50 layers of recycled newspaper and sealed using a non-toxic adhesive. The result is an extremely durable, waterproof, splinter-free pencil that can be sharpened in standard pencil sharpener. EcoVerte’s line includes a variety of pens, pencils, notebooks and accessories made from eco-friendly materials. The products are packaged in simple recycled and recyclable packaging, reflective of the brand’s mission. And EcoVerte offsets its office emissions through Carbonfund.org, supporting reforestation projects around the world. So help do your part for a greener tomorrow. Shop at ecoverte.com for high–quality, sustainable office, stationery and school supplies.