Thankfully, recycling programs have become relatively common in communities (although there’s still a lot of room to grow). So you probably already recycle the usual items in your household like glass, cans, and paper. But we love coming across new food for thought about how we can be kinder to the Earth and reduce our impact.
Have you ever thought about all of the wasted crayons—in your own house but also particularly those given out at restaurants? More than 12 million crayons are made in the U.S. every single day. That’s about 60 tons of crayons made a day with petroleum based wax that eventually ends up in landfills.
Most kids who receive crayons at a restaurant leave them behind when they finish their meal. In the past, these abandoned treasures were tossed in the trash on a daily basis. But organizations like No Crayon Left Behind collect these gently used, or often totally untouched, crayons and donate them to organizations and institutions that serve under-privileged kids, including elementary schools in the most economically-challenged areas.
How you can help
Visit No Crayon Left Behind and The Crayon Recycle Program, or consider starting your own local crayon recycling program! Also, consider using other greener crayons at home like Clementine Art Soy Crayons.