Back-to-School with Crayola

Pardon me while I plug the firm for a moment. For those who don’t know yet, I work full-time as a designer at Hallmark (the Well-Appointed Desk is my passion but not my income) and Hallmark owns this lovely little company called Crayola.

Crayola is what I like to think of as the gateway drug for office supplies. I fondly recall the heady aroma of a brand new box of crayons in the big yellow box with the built-in sharpener. As an anal-retentive designer-in-training, the first thing I did was reorganize all my crayons by color. I looked forward to every August and Back-to-School for my new box of crayons, new shoes and a new backpack, not to mention erasers, notebooks and folders. So I thought I might share a few little-known facts about Crayola’s commitment to, not only children, but to the environment:

  • A billion Crayola crayons and 500 million Crayola markers are made using power from the company’s solar farm made up of more than 33,000 solar panels
  • Recycled plastic is used to make Crayola marker
  • Crayola’s colored pencils are manufactured with reforested wood.  For every tree that’s used, they plant another tree of the same species.

(photo from Jo’s in the Know, factoids from Crayola via the Hallmark)

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