Tip of the Week: Give Pencil Shavings New Life in the Garden

March 10, 2016
by Annalise Mantz for Thrive Market
Tip of the Week: Give Pencil Shavings New Life in the Garden

Between old term papers, broken crayons, dried-up markers, and half-full notebooks, schools generate a ton of waste.

But there's one schoolhouse scrap you can easily keep out of the trash and put to good, immediate use. Pencil shavings—which are actually really beneficial in the garden.

You can either mix them into the compost bin or work them into the soil around plants to help keep bugs and other pests away. Because pencils are made from cedar—a wood that insects hate—pests tend to avoid flowerbeds peppered with pencil shavings like the plague. Less waste, with fewer pests? Seems like a no-brainer to us.

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  • Sick o' Both

    Um, LEAD shavings in your food? REALLY?

  • Kye Runason

    There has never been lead in pencils even though the center is called a lead, it has always been made of graphite and clay mixture. excellent for soil amendment.

  • Steve Yakoban

    What's in the paint on the pencils that is being added to the soil, then plants, then family?