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Crayola Green Initiatives

At Crayola, we believe every child should have a healthy planet for their creative todays and tomorrows. That's why over the past several years we've invigorated our efforts to produce the great Crayola products you love in a more environmentally responsible way. At Crayola, we are on a never-ending quest to find new and better ways to reduce, reuse, and recycle.

In addition to the Crayola ColorCycle program, Crayola has a variety of other green initiatives, including the installation of a solar farm, the use of 100% reforested wood for our colored pencils, the recycling of ground water through our crayon cooling process and much more.

To learn about these and other eco-friendly practices, click here.


Crayola ColorCycle Process

The process can convert plastic markers into usable fuel.  Here’s how it works:

Plastic markers are collected by schools and sent to the energy conversion site. At the facility, the markers are collected in a large container, where the plastic is melted. The hot liquid plastic then travels into a reactor, where the temperature is even higher. The reactor breaks the long molecular chains into shorter ones as a result of the intense heat. The shorter molecules become a gas or vapor and float out of the reactor into a cold chamber. The vapor is cooled to room temperature and turns into a clean-burning liquid fuel. The fuel can then be used to heat a home, run a car or cook food.