Perpetua the pencil
design by Marta Giardini
However, we did not want an ordinary pencil, but rather a pencil different from all others. So, starting from waste of the industrial production of graphite electrodes, we invented a material that didn’t exist before.
It is called Zantech®, an innovative and technological material that allowed us to develop a unique production system for Perpetua the pencil.
Perpetua is the only pencil made in Italy and the first in the world to be produced using 80% of graphite powder that would otherwise have ended up in the landfill. Perpetua is a patented invention of both product and production process.
We designed Perpetua thinking about the people who will use it; this is why Perpetua…
Perpetua allows several tons of graphite resulting from industrial process waste to be disposed of. Those who use it are recycling 15 grams of material that otherwise would have been buried beneath our feet. Perpetua is not only a choice in writing style, but also and above all the choice to live respecting our planet, being aware that small gestures make a difference.
“Breaking down fences”, so that everyone can find their place in society: this is the aim of Agape. No disability, no impairment, however serious, can exclude people from social life.
Agape and Perpetua share the value of inclusion and the gestures of Agape’s people ensure that the wrapping and packaging process of Perpetua (and all other objects produced through the philosophy of Perpetua) take place harmoniously. Gestures of dedication, love and hope for a better future for all.
Created by the designer and architect Marta Giardini, it received the prestigious Honorable Mention Compasso d’Oro.
With Perpetua everyone can express their creativity and own preferences through the variety of colours, looks and endless possibilities of customization.
g_case is unique and revolutionary: we chose to produce it using Made in Italy natural cotton fabric, 50% deriving from post-production recycling. ICEA Certificate.
g_case graphic designs are printed with g_ink, a pigment made with recycled graphite powder, the same used for Perpetua the pencil, which offers a perfect alternative to chemical dyes.
Corporate social responsibility
g_case is sewn entirely by hand, in collaboration with Socially Made In Italy, a non-profit organization for the promotion of labour within women’s prisons. Ethics, fashion and human rights produce a virtuous combination that provides work for 60 women in 8 craft workshops of excellence.
A production system certified by the Italian Ministry of Justice SIGILLO brand in compliance with trade union agreements and to ensure the socially useful impact of the work.
To make g_case more practical, its designer Marta Giardini has added a convenient ergonomic handle that converts into a convenient ergonomic handle.
With four different graphic designs and a customizable handle, with g_case everyone can express their creativity.
No tree has been cut down to produce the pages of Perpetua the notebook, which are made of recycled paper. The cover is made of Ecophilosophy paper (FSC Certified). A wear and water resistant unique paper, conceived in the 1960s and originally designed to contain heavy and damp products, such as flour, grain, glues and concrete.
For the very first time, thanks to us, Ecophilosophy paper has been used in an original and alternative way.
It is printed using ECO-friendly inks and a innovative photovoltaic system that saves large amounts of CO2.
Like the other objects from the perpetua we had to invent it universe, perpetua the notebook can be customized with your sustainable message.