Crayola Goes Green and Offers the ColorCycle Program

Here at Green and Growing, we stress the importance of cutting down on waste and recycling as much as possible. Our landfills are already full, so we need to recycle as much as possible. This allows us to keep using resources instead of throwing them away. However, there are some products that are questionable in terms of recycling. If you have ever wondered about recycling markers and highlighters, you can definitely recycle them. In fact, Crayola offers the ColorCycle program so you can recycle any brand of marker. Also, this is not the only thing Crayola is doing to help the environment. Keep reading to learn more.

About the ColorCycle Program

ColorCycle is a program that Crayola offers to schools across the continental United States and in some areas in Canada. This program is open to schools of all levels, from elementary schools to high schools. Schools that support this program collect regular markers, highlighters, and whiteboard markers from their teachers and students. They count the markers, store them in a box, and then print a shipping label for the box. Crayola pays for the shipping and handling, so all the schools do is gather the products and ships them through FedEx. Once the markers reach the facility, Crayola uses the markers to create new ones. It does not matter the brand of the marker because ColorCycle will take them all

This allows Crayola to reduce waste and recycle plastic. In fact, the number of materials they have recycled has gone up dramatically in recent years, and the amount of solid waste they produce has gone down. If you would like your school to participate, check out Crayola’s website to sign up. Once you start collecting markers, they suggest shipping a minimum of 100 markers at a time. At the maximum, do not send more than 40 pounds at once. Be sure that you use cardboard boxes with minimal markings.

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Crayola has taken great strides in recent years to make their manufacturing more eco-friendly. Other than their ColorCycle program, they have found ways to reduce their footprint and make their manufacturing processes better. For one, they own 20 acres of land that houses over 30,000 solar panels. This allows them to use solar energy, which is one of the most sustainable forms of energy you can use. The panels generate enough electricity each year to power the manufacture of one billion crayons and 500 million markers.

Crayola has also taken seriously its responsibility to protect the environment. Their website has graphs that map their progress toward becoming an eco-friendly company. For example, the company’s total carbon dioxide emissions were about 24 metric tons in 2008. In 2017, they cut their emissions down to just over 19 metric tons, and their goal for 2019 is even lower. Crayola was also producing almost three million pounds of solid waste in 2008, but they produced less than 250,000 pounds of solid waste. Part of this reduction is due to the company recycling more and more of their resources.

Conclusion

If you have ever wondered about how eco-friendly Crayola is, they have made great progress in current years. They are using renewable energy and recycling their resources to reduce their carbon footprint. They even offer the ColorCycle program to schools across the United States and Canada to help families recycle their markers and highlighters. If your children’s school does not currently participate in the program, the process to get started is simple. Check out their website and keep your markers out of the landfill. Families will feel better making crafts when they know they are using recycled markers.

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Lacey Jolley
 

I love exploring, experiencing new places, and eating good food! I'm amazed every day at how well the Earth provides for us, and I want to return the favor. I hope to help others learn how we can make our world a better, cleaner place.

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