From the Tree to the Pencil

Faber-Castell is the pioneer in its field of business in matters of environment-friendly industrial production methods and securing a long-term source of timber was foremost in its corporate thoughts as far back as the 1980's. In Brazil, the company uses fast-growing softwood from its managed forests and maintains its own tree nurseries. Saplings are continually planted out to replace each row of trees felled: a sustainable ecological cycle. Around 300,000 young trees of the type Pinus caribaea are planted and raised each year on a total area of some 8,200 hectares, thousands of miles from the endangered Amazon rainforests. After 20 to 23 years they are large enough to be harvested as environmentally compatible raw material for black-lead and color pencils. Not just the materials used but also the development, production methods, and disposal of all kinds of waste are subjected to critical analysis. For example, Faber-Castell played a pioneering role in the use of environment-friendly water-based paint for coating its wooden-cased pencils.

The 8,200 Ha of forests managed by Faber-Castell in Prata, Brazil not only provide wood for our production, but also plays an important role in providing habitat to native plant and animal species, protecting watersheds, and capture CO2 from the atmosphere via photosynthesis.


One quarter of the company’s own forests in Brazil are native environment preserved and have become a biotope for rare animal and plant species. It is home to 272 bird species, 79 mammal species, 40 fish species, 32 reptile species, 38 amphibian species, 261 ant species. 20 animal species are endangered.

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