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  1. 1. THE PENCIL One of the most ignored but useful items in our lives
  2. 2. <ul><li>Every day, we write with them </li></ul><ul><li>We chew on them </li></ul><ul><li>Used them our first time writing cursive </li></ul><ul><li>The pencil is over 400 years old </li></ul><ul><li>Pencils are made of Graphite not lead </li></ul>
  3. 3. <ul><li>More than 14 Billions pencils are produced in the world yearly </li></ul><ul><li>2 billion of these are made in the U.S </li></ul><ul><li>Yes, there is a No.1 pencil </li></ul><ul><li>75% of the pencils sold in U.S. are yellow </li></ul><ul><li>Pencils in Europe have no erasers </li></ul>
  4. 4. <ul><li>A pencil will write in zero gravity, </li></ul><ul><li>upside down, and under water! </li></ul><ul><li>A pencil can write 45,000 words! </li></ul><ul><li>The hexagonal shaped so pencil won’t roll off the desk </li></ul><ul><li>The typical pencil can draw a line 35 miles long </li></ul>
  5. 5. <ul><li>Pencils have been painted yellow ever since the 1890s. </li></ul><ul><li>Pencils contained Chinese graphite. </li></ul><ul><li>China, the color yellow is associated with royalty and respect </li></ul><ul><li>To communicate this &quot;regal&quot; feeling and association with China </li></ul>
  6. 6. US Pencil Market/ Key Products <ul><li>Graphite pencils for office, school & home use </li></ul><ul><li>Color pencils for school, home or artist use </li></ul><ul><li>Carpenter pencils </li></ul><ul><li>Cosmetic make-up pencils </li></ul>
  7. 7. <ul><li>American pencils are made from Eastern Red cedar which grows in the southern states like Tennessee </li></ul><ul><li>To ensure the continued availability of Red cedar, forest workers have carefully managed the trees thru &quot;Sustained-yield&quot; Growth is more than harvested </li></ul>Following the Wood
  8. 8. Think Green! <ul><li>Americans buy more than 5.1 billion pens every year. </li></ul><ul><li>770 tons of unnecessary plastic waste end up in land fills each year </li></ul><ul><li>A plastic pen in a landfill will still be there in 50,000 years </li></ul>
  9. 9. <ul><li>Smencils are pencils that have exotic smells and are made from 100% recycled newspaper with a biodegradable eraser </li></ul><ul><li>Each comes in its own plastic tube (but it is corn starch and degradable) </li></ul>
  10. 10. Together We can Make Change <ul><li>Use a wood pencil or use a mechanical pencil that can be refilled with graphite lead </li></ul><ul><li>Buy reusable or Biodegradable pens </li></ul><ul><li>Knowledge is Power “Spread the Word&quot; </li></ul>