Today is… Crayola Crayon Day.
We all at some point in our lives were making our days more colorful with crayons. And maybe some of you decided that decorating the walls was a must. A bright and colorful addition to our lives, so let’s celebrate this Crayola Crayon Day.
Crayola produced over 400 different shades of crayon colors since 1903. The company’s life really started when cousins Edwin Binney and C. Harold Smith took over a pigment business in 1885 that Edwin’s father owned. Not only did they produce the famous crayon colors, but they also came out with unique sets like metallic colored crayons, gem tones colors and even scented ones.
Besides the fact that they can produce virtually every color, one of their favorites is Green. Green as in renewable energy, reducing waste and protecting rainforests. They have a solar farm with over 30 000 panels. These panels provide enough power to produce 1 billion Crayola crayons and 500 million markers a year. The markers are made from recycled plastic and the colored pencils are produced with reforested wood. To help kids understand the importance of their role in protecting the environment, Crayola and schools across North America launched the Crayola ColorCycle. This way, students can collect used markers and send them to a conversion facility where they will be transformed into a clean-burning fuel.
A great organization that I truly love is Crayon Collection. Their mission is, by collecting gently used crayons they are able to reach two goals. First, getting crayons into the hands of children in need and secondly raising awareness and mindfulness about what we consider ‘waste’. On this day the Crayon Collection organized a national crayon drive and bake sale. So let’s support that! For more Crayon Collection information go to their website and check out my interview with Sheila Morovati, founder of Crayon Collection.