Bacteria Fighting Pencils: Cool Product?

Somebody in marketing was thinking, huh?

Since we know kids pick up germs at every turn at school (especially elementary school where they often share supplies), it seems as good an idea as any to create a pencil that actually "inhibits the growth of bacteria."


The Ticonderoga® Pencil with Microban® antimicrobial protection (say that fast three times!) features a finish containing "Microban technology," an ingredient that the company says shuts bacteria down. The eraser is latex-free.

I found them for as low as $2.98 per dozen, still a little steep for pencils to me (I'm a cheapy), but with scares like the swine flu dominating the news, I wouldn't be surpised if they suddenly flew off the shelves.

Do you think this is a good idea? Would you buy your kids antimicrobial pencils?


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