This is an extremely cool idea. Check out these plantable scorecards and pencils by a company called Sprout in the photo below. The paper and pencils contain seeds. When done with them, the golfer simply plants them in the ground and later reaps what he/she sowed.
For now I will be using the cards and then planting them in the front yard of my house. We’ll see what grows. So this is part one of a 3-part series. Part-2 will be a quick post showing the planting and marking the date. Part-3 will be seeing what grows!
I don’t normally post press releases here. I reserve that for my golf newswire HogWire.biz. But in this case their explanation warrants some airtime here.
SPROUT PRESS RELEASE
The Original Startup Wants To Make The Golf Industry Greener!
The green company Sprout wants to rescue millions of golf pencils and scorecards each year from ending up in the trash. By equipping them with seeds, they can be planted after use and grown into flowers or herbs.
Sustainability and golf is not a combination you normally associate with each other. Although the high water consumption is a challenge, think of the thousands of golf pencils and cards, which are typically thrown out after each round.
This is a problem that Sprout wants to solve. Sprout has achieved international success with the world’s first sustainable and patented pencil that can be planted after use and grown into herbs, flowers and vegetables.
Last fall they launched the plantable Sprout paper, which makes it possible to transform everything from business cards, gift cards, hotel key cards, coffee cards, and now scorecards, into flowers.
“The Sprout pencil has become a symbol of sustainability because it gets a new life when it has become too short to write with. And this function becomes even more relevant in a golf pencil, which is half the size of a traditional pencil and because it typically doesn´t last longer than a single day on the golf course,” says founder and CEO of Sprout, Michael Stausholm.
Along with a plantable score card, Sprout is offering golf clubs, proshops, associations and companies a sustainable golf writing kit that invites players to plant instead of throw away. And this is exactly what is important.
“We would like to inspire to a more sustainable mindset. We want people who come across our products to ask themselves: if I can plant a pencil and a card, what else can I do for a greener everyday life?” says Stausholm.
There are approximately 60 million golfers in the world and 35,000 golf courses – 15,000 courses are located in the US alone. According to Michael Stausholm the golf industry is a large and potentially untapped market that needs a boost of innovation towards a more sustainable direction. He sees a wealth of opportunity to sell Sprouts’ golfkits to this industry. Business and networking play an important role in golf, and the idea is also to reach more potential business customers.
“Sustainability is trending in the USA and we have already experienced great interest for our products from both American retailers, the promotional industry, businesses, organizations and the press, said Michael. “Golf is a popular sport in the US and we expect great success from this new industry.”
Sprout sells over 450,000 pencils monthly to more than 60 countries. Sales are primarily to companies and organizations that get their logo on the pencils, and use them for green giveaways. Disney, Coca-Cola, Ikea, Marriott, Bacardi, Toyota, Save the Children and Bank of America are among the customers.
I’m in charge now. No, really. Thanks to my new myCharge Power-Base 3 I’m charging lots of toys at the same time. The most important toys of the moment include a golf GPS, bluetooth speaker, and of course a mini-drone about the size of a 50 cent piece. One wall socket, multiple items charging. Brilliant.
myCharge Power-Base 3 Details
The myCharge Power-Base 3 is a 3-USB outlet charger for mobile phones, GPS’s, games, bluetooth devices; anything that uses USB for power or charging. The wall prongs conveniently fold in for easy storage when on the run.
The unit puts out four amps of shared power. Plenty to charge most devices.
From a golf standpoint the Power-Base three is great. I can keep one handy when I’m on the road because my camera, phone, and GPS devices all need USB power to charge. And when I know I’m not going to be by any outlets, I use a myCharge HubMax portable battery, or a new myCharge unit I’ll be reviewing very soon, the myCharge AllTerrain portable USB charger.
I’d write more about the awesome myCharge Power-Base USB charging station, but it’s time to go listen to some heavy metal and fly my little copter around the Mrs. HOG’s head. Now I’ve got the power to do it. The question is if I have the power to deal with the consequences.
Fresh off the slow boat from China (seriously) is a set of sharp looking head covers from Craftsman Golf. Craftsman Golf is a Chinese maker of golf accessories, everything from head covers to bags, to ball markers.
Craftsman Golf Head Covers
I’ll begin testing these covers this weekend and post a full review in a month or two when I’ve had ample rounds to fully evaluate their quality, ease of use, and durability. Stay tuned.
Sigh. This has been a very tough review. It has taken a lot of work on the course and in a few select locations to get the testing environment setup and working well. I have overcome. The tests are complete, but I will continue followup tests of course. Let’s look at the Stage V Clinger cigar holder.
Stage V Clinger Cigar Holder, in action!
First, I dig this shade of red. It’s a college sports thing. I gave the blue unit away. Solid.
The holder has several sizes in the opening to accommodate different sizes of smokes. It can also be bent a tiny bit to adjust more. I had to do this because my humidor was working too well, and some of my cigars have been a little too soft.
The holder comes with a velcro strap to mount it onto just about anything. But the best mount feature is the two strong Neodymium magnets. Neodymium magnets are extremely powerful. From my old rock & roll and recording days I have microphones with those magnets in them… Anyway, as you can see in the photo above, any metal surface can be turned into a convenient cigar holder.
When not in use, the very light and small Stage V Clinger stows away in my golf bag. Super convenient.
Here’s a shot of the retail packaging:
The Stage V Clinger cigar holder is solid and works great. Definitely made it to the gamer bag.
“Back” is a 4-letter-word in my house. It is usually followed up with another 4-letter-word, “pain.” To help combat those to bad words, I’ve started testing out a very simple product, the 10 Minute Cushion.
10 Minute Cushion for Back Pain
The concept is simple. Too often and too long we (I say “we,” as in humans) slouch, sit, hunch over our computers etc. All that time the vertebrae in our back is compressing. That compression puts pressure on the nerves around our spine, which can lead to serious problems. Trust me on that. I have plenty of first hand experience.
10 Minute Cushion for Back Pain
The 10 Minute Cushion is designed to help counteract that compression and help us flex and bend the opposite direction of the slouch. It helps separate the vertebrae and gets healing fluids moving between them, which reduces swelling, inflammation and pain.
I’m in the initial testing stages now and I’ve really felt a benefit. After a few weeks of regular use I’ll post a final report and review.