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 going to be sporting some proper threads for my apparel scripting today (if you don’t know what apparel scripting is, use the search function here). The latest in my golf apparel review queue is the Devereux Cameron Golf Polo.
Devereux Cameron polo
The photo doesn’t really do it justice. The colors and look are much better in person. Maybe I’ll post a selfie later today. That’s what the young kids do these days.
I’ll be putting this golf polo to the test and posting a full review soon, so stay tuned.
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Special edition! This Masters Thursday I’m releasing my highly anticipated Masters Toothpaste Scripting. It’s my time. It’s a script like no other. It’s the toothpaste script heard round the world. YES SIR!
A lot of thought and planning over the past few months has gone into this toothpaste script. We needed some oral care sure, but also looked for whitening and even kids care. It’s a family blog. To get that piece of pulled pork out from between the right rear molars I had to throw in some dental floss, mint flavor of course. A motorized toothbrush is a must and to finish the process, clean and fresh smile whitener.
I’m proud of this Masters toothpaste scripting. I hope you enjoy it, and the Masters Tournament.
In your life have you ever seen anything like that?
I’ve been waiting for this week to come for months! It’s the absolute best time of year in golf. No no no… not the Masters Tournament silly, it’s APPAREL SCRIPT SEASON! Apparel scripts are by far my favorite part of the golf industry. And if you’re like me, you go down to the local golf shop and buy EVERY piece of apparel in every script. I do it in hopes I can golf just like Rory McIlory or Dustin Johnson. Maybe if I wear the same shirt Bubba does I can hit my driver 350 yards!
2017 Masters Apparel Scripts
I must admit, apparel scripting has come a long way and I think I’ve had quite a bit to do with it. The crop of scripts for the Masters this week is quite good. Those busy golf PR people have been working hard all winter drawing up sketches, making designs, and hiring lawn sprinkler installers to make “cool” apparel hangers. Below, enjoy my 2017 Masters apparel script commentary and critiques.
Bill Haas, a.k.a. “Jason”
I must start with the best scripting for 2017. I can’t resist going for it right off the bat. For this year’s Masters Bill Haas is going with the “Halloween face” look. It’s kind of a mask-like thing covering his whole face, but has some kind of cross burned into it… or maybe it’s stitched into it.
Love the Jason look, or is it Freddie? I’m not sure how well Haas will play this week, with his whole face and eyes covered.
I’m quite concerned about Louis Oosthuizen’s ability to compete in the Masters with only one pair of pants. Those could get quite, um, not pleasant after four days of huffing around the hilly Augusta National. He’s okay in the shirt department though. I don’t see any shoes, underwear, or socks. That one hat could get a little gamy by the end of the tournament.
adidas went cheap this year and is using the same photoshop template for apparel scripts that they did last year. Must be a cost cutting measure. Three pairs of pants is odd, hehe. I mean, assuming he makes the cut which pair will he wear a second time on Sunday? Or will he wear one pair Friday and Saturday, then a new clean pair on Sunday? No socks. No hat. No underwear. Walking Augusta in no undies could be chafe city.
Sigh. Pass the Grey Poupon. If Justin Thomas looks even remotely like this I’ll play the first hole of my home course naked. And how can whoever makes the fabrics in his shirts and pants do the “colors floating in a cloud outside of the fabric” thing? I’d like to see them pull that off. It’s a pretty complete script. He at least has shoes.
Rickie Fowler’s script is pretty solid. I see 4 shirts, 4 pants. I don’t see socks or undies and I wonder about the three pairs of shoes. Assuming he makes the cut, which pair will he wear twice. When I look at the bag I can only hope he remembered his clubs. Hard to score well in the Masters with an empty golf bag. The threads in this script are fine but I’m more intrigued by the pipe stand. Does that fit in the tiny Masters locker room? Did Puma hire a plumber to make that thing? And who was first on the block with the “plumbing” stand idea? See next analysis.
Nike has improved in their scripting. At least this time Rory has shirts with sleeves, and four of them. He’s got four hats, shoes, and pants too. Nice job Nike. I see no socks though. That might hurt. And who knows on the undies, or does Rory “free ball” it?
More importantly, check out the killer plastic sprinkler pipe stand. Does Rory have one of those for each outfit? Does it fit in the Augusta locker room? Can he do pull-ups on it? How many versions did they make until they came up with this one? Did they have a plumber or sprinkler installer do it? And did Nike come up with the plumbing idea before Puma? Who was first? I want to know.
Who is Danny Willett? He’s the guy that won last year, after Jordan Spieth melted down on the 12th hole. It was actually a tremendous final round 67 with no bogeys. I doubt Danny can play that well with no shoes or socks, or underwear for that matter. And it might be even harder if his pants are falling down (no belt).
Okay who is copying who? The artsy fartsy thing does nothing for me. Nothing. I can’t even tell which pants or shirts these are so I can go buy them at the store. And are these clubs Henrik has four different ones, or the same one? I hope four different ones. Henrik has a wee bit of a temper. He’s known to break stuff.
Brandt “No Face” Snedeker
I’m sorry, but the no-face thing is creepy. Especially the one on the right. I can’t go beyond that.
Welp… Are any of these the same colors or styles he wore in last year’s final round? I hope not, for his sake. Bad apparel scripts can cost a player a major championship.
All Time Greatest Masters Apparel Script
2014 Masters Apparel Script – Golf PR Companies Take Note
Blah. All those companies above can’t hold a candle to my apparel scripting skills. I’m not sure why one of these big golf companies hasn’t tried to hire me away from blogging, just for my scripting skills. My 2014 Masters apparel script stands the test of time, right down to the Masters themed underwear. It’s the “apparel script heard ’round the world.” It’s an apparel script “like no other.” “YES SIR!”
I guess hell just froze over. Stay tuned for a big announcement today from Augusta, GA. Augusta National Golf Club, home of The Masters, has been a venue the LPGA Tour has wanted to compete at for decades. They’ve wanted a “Ladies Masters” tournament of some sort, but those wishes have fallen on deaf ears. My inside sources have informed me that The Masters Tournament committee has frog-jumped the LPGA Ladies Masters idea and gone right to admitting female competitors in the Masters Tournament starting in 2018.
Don’t expect to see female competitors for half the field in 2018 though. In fact, I’d only expect to see perhaps five or less. My source has told me qualifying for females or males will be basically the same except for the additions to allow the female USGA Amateur champion in, along with the five (if there are in fact five) LPGA Tour major champions from the previous year.
I can’t wait to hear what Martha Burke has to say. Twitter and the social sphere will surely be exploding as the news gets out.
What are your thoughts? Is this the right move or not? And will the ladies be playing the member tees or the Masters tees? There are only two sets of tees there, and personally I think the Masters tees would destroy any female golfer’s chances because the course is so long now.