Saving the earth one crayon at a time…

August 16, 2010 Posted by Kris in Uncategorized

Have you ever wondered what happens to old crayons? Neither have I.

But the people at Crazy Crayons have been giving the matter a lot of thought for almost two decades.
That’s how long they have been running The National Crayon Recycle Program collecting your old Burnt Sienna and Bubblegum Pink crayons.


Consider these statistics taken from their website:

• More than 12 million crayons are made in the US, every day. One hundred new crayons equal about one pound. The math looks like this:

• 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 the landfill.

Crazy Crayons acknowledge that the task is a big one. Since they launched the program in 1993 they’ve collected 55,000 pounds of crayons which is about half of one day’s production.

For more information on how you can participate check out their site.

(Thanks for the tip on this story from design blog Liquid Treat. )