One third of the company's own forests remain untouched and provide habitats for around 660 indigenous animal and plant species.
We sustainably manage 10,000 hectares of its own pine forests. These provide the raw material for our pencils and cover 86 percent of our worldwide wood demand.
Every year, around 300,000 seedlings are planted in the company's own forests. We are growing one truckload of wood per hour.
Faber-Castell uses 100 percent
FSC or PEFC certified wood worldwide.
Every product contains valuable raw materials. To extend their usability, many products can be refilled.
The Faber-Castell Group works on reducing plastics or replacing them with recycled materials. 
Our own forests absorb more than 900,000 tonnes of CO2  and neutralise the emissions of our production sites.
Faber-Castell covers 82 percent of the global energy demand from renewable sources. 

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 mid-1980s. 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 10,000 hectares (100 km²), 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 colour 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.


One third 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 meanwhile 716 animal and plant species, such as white-eared puffbird. Of these, 50 species are threatened with extinction elsewhere.

Where our pencils come from


More than 90 % of the wood used for the worldwide production of Faber-Castell pencils come from 100 % FSC-certified forests, and thus originate from responsible sources. 
FSC Chain of Custody Policy


Faber-Castell uses PEFC-certified wood as an alternative to FSC-certified wood. Both certification schemes ensure the sustainable management and use for forest resources.
PEFC Chain of Custody Policy

Eco Pencil

Timber from certified sustainable forestry (e.g. FSC, PEFC, SFI).

Waterbased Varnish

Faber-Castell was the first manufacturer to introduce the environmentally-friendly water-based varnish technology, which is used for almost all writing instruments produced at the main factory in Stein.

Our ecological commitment

CO2 - Emissions are offset through certified projects.
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Plastic alternatives
The use of alternatives for conventional plastic.
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Find out more about sustainability at Faber-Castell

We are the world’s leading and the oldest manufacturer of wood-cased pencils.
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Social commitment has been part of our approach to corporate responsibility for many generations.
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Sustainability - Fact Sheets
You will find more information summarized in our Sustainability Fact Sheets.
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