Sustainable Crayon Reuse
The Crayon Initiative’s mission is to “bring happiness to children who are facing the stress of hospitalization by giving them the freedom that comes with creative play.” They collect donations of broken and unwanted crayons, then sort, melt and mold into large specially designed, triangular crayons. The Crayon Initiative team and volunteers package sets of 8 colors and ship to over 240 children’s hospitals across the country for free. There, they are used by Child Life Services departments to provide therapeutic art and recreational activities for pediatric patients.
After speaking with The Crayon Initiative’s executive team, we realized we share values of sustainability, supporting young artists in storytelling, and providing high-quality art materials for exploration.
To help support their work and increase our material sustainability, we decided to start a collection site at The Carle for crayons to send to The Crayon Initiative. There is now a box in the studio where we have put our small crayons we no longer need.
We invite museum visitors to bring in their own clean, broken or unwanted crayons and drop them off either in the studio or at the Front Desk. For more information or to help organize a drop-off, email the Art Studio team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We hope this post inspires you to find more ways to reuse materials and support creativity in the process! If you are interested in starting your own collection at your home, school, library, or learning environment, check out The Crayon Initiative’s guides on how to give crayons. We look forward to continuing to partner with The Crayon Initiative!