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Each year we report on our impact. This page outlines our impact. While it is a great start we want to do more. With your help we can continue to help in the communities all across the country.
Sometimes you don't need pencils, but you still want to help. You can. We accept donations which are used to purchase more pencils for schools in need.
If you know of a school in need, please let us know. We rely on submissions like these to help us understand needs from schools we may not be in contact with.
The Good Pencil Company was started with a simple mission to provide an excellent writing tool that helps those who are less fortunate. Schools are strapped with budgets that lack the necessary funds to be able to buy the basics needed in every classroom. Teachers with a genuine love for their students are paying for school supplies out of their own pocket. This shouldn't be the case.
The Good Pencil Company was started as a way to help alleviate this problem. When you buy a pencil from The Good Pencil Company you are donating to a school in need. Every pencil we sell we give to a school in need. This way you get a pencil you need to be successful and a student will get a pencil so that he or she can be successful.
Consider purchasing The Good Pencil Company pencils to support schools and teachers who rely on things like pencils for their students to be successful.
So far we have donated 18,750 pencils to schools, in Utah, including title 1 and special needs schools.
So far this year we have donated over 8,000 pencils to schools and organizations around the US. This is just one small way that we are trying to help our local communities.
This fall schools are in need. The school district of Boulder, UT reached out to us asking if we could donate to their schools. We were able to supply the entire school district for the year. Grateful for being able to support our schools during this trying time.
We love supporting our community. This month we were grateful to be able to help launch Room Here a mental health and fitness nonprofit here in Salt Lake. As part of their launch they built the world's largest cardboard fort for the world record in cardboard forts. Grateful to be able to help support this project.
This summer we were asked to support the summer arts program at Arts Street in Denver, CO. We love supporting organizations like these and recommend checking them out if you are in the Denver area.
Last year we set a goal of reaching carbon neutral status by 2030, but that was a goal we wanted to accelerate. This year we achieved our goal of becoming carbon neutral by certifying as a Climate Neutral certified company. Thanks to this certification we are not only carbon neutral, but in reality we are a net positive to the climate. This is something we hope that all companies will support and try to achieve themselves.
This year we have become a business partner with Eden Reforestation Project to help reforest the northern face of Madagascar. We are grateful to be a part of this organization as they try to reforest locations all over the US while giving locals a living wage. This is such a great project and we are grateful to be a part of this project.
So far we have given out and shipped over 200 Blue Spruce tree seeds to get people excited about the environment. We do this by including a biodegradable tree seed wafer in every package of pencils we sell and we hand these wafers out at events. Educating the public on the importance of trees and the environment is a cornerstone of what we do.
This month we were invited to speak to senators from around the US about the need for climate action called LEAD on Climate. While we are a small voice we want to add our voice to the growing chorus of businesses who want government to focus on these issues. Now is the time.
During the Pandemic our factory in Tennessee had to shut down. Instead of being defeated we pivoted to support the front line. We bought 3D printers and converted our office into a cottage industry that created 3D printed Montana masks, face shields and mask adapters. We created over 10,000 of these units which we donated to hospitals and other front liners all over the US at no cost to them. We used PLA materials which were made out of vegetables, are non-toxic and are compostable. We all raised money to donate to local organizations that were supporting those affected by COVID-19.
While our factories are closed we decided to get out into nature. Each week we set out to hike our local mountains and clean up while we were out. During a one month period we picked up over 250 lbs of trash that we found in nature.
So far this year we have donated over 10,100 pencils to schools and organizations around the US. This is just one small way that we are trying to help our local communities.
The average tree can be used to create over 175k pencils. This year we have already planted 250 trees by partnering with the Trillion Tree Campaign. We have set a company goal of donating 500 trees this year and we are half way there. We do this to offset our wood use in manufacturing our pencils.
So far we have given out and shipped over 550 Blue Spruce tree seeds to get people excited about the environment. We do this by including a biodegradable tree seed wafer in every package of pencils we sell and we hand these wafers out at events. Educating the public on the importance of trees and the environment is a cornerstone of what we do.
In 2019 we started a scholarship for students interested in social responsibility. We want to make sure that we are helping the next generation and this is one small way that we are doing that.
This year we started to volunteer to speak to classrooms about the importance of business as a force for good. We have been invited to classrooms from elementary all the way up to college courses and we love to spread the word.
This year we finalized our plan to remove all plastics from our packaging and shipping. We are now 100% plastic free from manufacture to delivery. That's a real accomplishment and will make a significant impact!
This year we started a new program in partnership with Carbonfund.org to offset the carbon footprint of our shipping operations. We are excited to announce that we have paid to offset our entire carbon shipping footprint for the whole year. That's a huge win for the environment.
We continue to invest in renewable energy with 100% of our energy consumption being purchased through Blue Sky.
During this years climate strike we decided to donate the days profits to help support the environment that we are trying to save. We were able to help plant 25 trees through our partnership with Carbonfund.org. What a great way to support our climate on this important day.
This year we became a carbon free partner through Carbonfund.org. The environment is a top priority at The Good Pencil Company and we are showing our commitment to becoming carbon neutral with this and other partnerships. Our goal is to be 100% carbon neutral by 2030.
In 2018 we donated over 2,000 pencils to Title 1 schools in Utah. These pencils are a huge help for schools who are already seeing tight budgets. This is just one small way that we are trying to help our local communities.
We were able to give out over 100 spruce tree seeds to people excited to take them home and plant. Educating the public on the importance of trees and the environment is a cornerstone of what we do.
The average tree can be used to create over 175k pencils. We planted 5 trees to offset our wood use in manufacturing our pencils. It's a small start, but we want to make sure that we are putting back more than we are taking away from.
We converted our office and electrical use over to renewables through the Blue Sky program. Our electrical use is 100% renewable thanks to this program.
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