In 2011, Bryan Ware and his two sons went out for dinner in their hometown of San Francisco. As is custom in many kid-friendly restaurants, the waiter brought the boys some crayons and paper to help them pass the time. Dad had fun and so did his sons, but after the meal Ware found himself wondering – what happened to the crayons after the kids were done with them?
Come to find out, they get thrown away.
It’s no secret that Americans make a lot of trash, but crayons alone create between 45,000 and 75,000 pounds of waste each year. Although heat may cause crayons to melt in a landfill, they never break down, resulting in mounds of wax for centuries to come. Ware knew there had to be a better way.
So, he created The Crayon Initiative, and began collecting discarded crayons from schools and restaurants in the Bay Area.
Working alongside friends and family he then melts them down …
And pours the wax into custom-made molds.
Each batch creates 96 recycled crayons.
You might notice that they are a bit thicker than ordinary crayons, but this is no coincidence. The design makes them to easier to handle for young children and special needs kids.
But here’s the best part – once the crayons are finished, they are sent to hospitals throughout California.
So far, The Crayon Initiative has donated more than 2,000 boxes.
It’s awesome to see would-have-been trash make these kids smile!
If you’d like to get involved, check out The Crayon Initiative on Facebook or Twitter.
What a great initiative … helping kids AND recycling?! Our hats go off to you, Bryan.
Via: Bored Panda | The Crayon Initiative