Wood is an essential raw material in the production of lead and colored pencils. Sustainable use of resources not only protects the environment, but also helps us to remain profitable over the long-term by safeguarding our raw materials and keeping prices stable. In 1992, we also became the first manufacturer in the writing instruments industry to launch environmentally-friendly water-based varnish technology in Germany. In addition to conventional energy sources, the company is increasingly using renewable technologies (e.g. hydro power) for power generation. Waste wood occurring during production is compressed into pallets and thermally recycled if necessary.

As the world’s biggest single producer of wood-cased pencils, Faber-Castell needs up to 150,000 tons of wood every year. Ensuring a secure and planet-friendly supply of this resource is a strategically important objective. It was for this reason that, almost three decades ago, Faber-Castell initiated a unique wood supply program. Growing 215 square feet of wood every hour... Faber-Castell initiated a pioneering tree farm project on former grassland with poor sandy soil: it proved to be a unique forestry project in the industry. Located in the middle of the Brazilian savanna, more than 1,500 miles away from the Amazon rainforest, it currently covers 10,000 hectares.  The pine planted in these woodlands is a tropical species called Pinus caribea which grows quickly, can flourish even in poor conditions and is easy to replant.

Faber-Castell Plantation with Three-Year Old Pine Seedlings