Who We Are
More than a half-million pounds of crayons are discarded every year, turning into a waxy sludge that clogs our landfills and never biodegrades.
The Crayon Initiative collects donated crayons from restaurants, schools and homes across the country, then melts them down and remanufactures them, reducing waste.
Better yet, the recycled crayons are distributed to art programs at children’s hospitals across the U.S., brightening the lives of young patients during their stay.
Watch Us Grow
Happier kids, and a cleaner Earth… supporting The Crayon Initiative helps two great causes in one. No wonder our efforts have caught the eye of The Today Show, People, BuzzFeed, Mashable, The Huffington Post and Good Housekeeping.
Consider this: A box containing 25 pounds of used crayons can yield enough raw materials to supply 125 hospitalized children with new eight-packs of crayons. Larger collection efforts can bring in as many as 200 pounds of crayons, enough to spread joy and color to over 1,000 kids!
To learn more about our process and how we’re making a difference, watch this video – and see why everyone is talking about us!
Thank you to our friends at ImageThink for the illustrated video.
How Crayons Help Heal
When children are hospitalized, it’s important for their well-being and development to maintain a sense of normalcy throughout their stay. Art programs do just that by providing young patients with a creative outlet to express themselves, while at the same time helping alleviate anxiety. Children’s arts programs enhance problem-solving and critical thinking skills, and also promote creativity and imagination. When the patients at our partner hospitals finally get to go home, they often take our crayons with them because they represent a happy memory during an otherwise uncertain time.
Patients Donated to
“The crayons you sent us will be used in various areas at the St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital and will help ease families as they anticipate various procedures. Coloring offers an outlet for kids to express themselves and we have found the crayons to be readily received. Families are thankful for this simple child-friendly activity and the children are always excited when they are told they can keep them.”
“This donation helps us in providing different activities for our littlest patients and encouraging them to escape in their special masterpieces.”
“Thank you for doing something that allows kids to recognize how their actions can affect our environment....”
“As an art therapist, it is wonderful to know that people value the healing power that comes through creation and recognize its benefit towards wellness and recovery.”