May 25, 2011

Crazy Crayons

Millions of broken crayons are thrown away every day! Now that we are nearing the end of the school year (yay!), you're probably getting rid of some of your old school supplies. Crazy Crayons, a Wisconsin-based company, recycles your crayons for you. Their website states the importance of crayon recycling:
"More than 12 Million Crayons are made in the US, every day! 100 new crayons equals about one pounds, lets do some math. 12 Million Crayons equals about 120,000 pounds. That's 60 Tons of Crayons made every day with petroleum based wax that eventually ends up in our landfills when they don't have to!"
The crayon recycling program has collected over 62,000 pounds of unwanted crayons since the program started. When the shipments of crayons arrive to be recycled, the boxes of crayons are sorted at a center that employs people with developmental disabilities. Then they get melted down, strained, sterilized, and hand poured into beautiful new crayons!

Set up a recycling collection box in your school, place of worship, or community center and join in this great recycling program. Or if you have a lot of old crayons, pack them all in a box and send them in!

To learn more, visit their website:


  1. I can't get rid of my crayons until your siblings are done with them! But then I'll be sure to recycle. What about organic crayons? You would think they would exist.

  2. Most crayons are made from paraffin wax (aka oil) so sadly there are no organic crayons... but you can buy beeswax crayons, which are the more eco friendly option. :)