This answer depends on what you are comparing the mechanical pencils to. If the other pencil is make of recycled wood with the same type of lead (graphite and clay) as the mechanical pencil, the wood one is better for the environment. This is because the mechanical pencil is made of plastic (think oil) that takes a great deal of energy to produce and most likely has a chance of ending up in a landfill. On the other hand, if the mechanical pencil is made from recycled plastic and will be used for decades, it could actually be better for the environment. In general, though, I would go with the wood pencil.
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