Crayons were probably your very first art supply. The box of brand new colours represented imaginitive dreams and artistic lines at every age. The new adult colouring pages trend have even brought adults back into the crayon fold. But crayons are an enigma.
According to the Crayon Initiative, there are 60 tons of paraffin wax crayons manufactured in the United States, alone, every single day, about 12 million crayons. And that’s just Crayola’s contribution. 38 tons of crayons end up in landfills every year. I wonder what happens to the other 21,862 tons of crayons every year? Are they sitting broken in kitchen drawyers and pencil boxes, neglected? Did our kids chew them up? Did they end up on paper on refrigerator doors and classroom walls as art?
Other Crayon Trivia:
The average American child wears down 720 crayons by their 10th birthday.
100+ million crayons are tossed out annually by family restaurant chains.
The first nontoxic crayon marketed to kids was sold in a package of 8 colours and sold for 5cents in 1903.
Crayola is the number one manufacturer of kids crayons and alone produces 12 million crayons a day, 60 billion annually in the USA.
Every August parents of preschoolers and elementary students buy a box of crayons. Last year’s crayons are half used and broken, lying in the kitchen drawer or a box, neglected, but not useless. Don’t throw them out. Crayons are made with paraffin wax and lab created pigments. They are petroleum products. They never break down in the landfill. They aren’t biodegradable.