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Earthling Crazy Crayons

100% Recycled Crayons

A Rainbow of Recycling

LuAnn Foty invented Earthling Crazy Crayons by accident. She was melting down crayons for a craft project when it occurred to her that there were probably plenty of bits of crayons out there just being thrown away. She was right: 120,000 pounds of crayons are produced every day by the top crayon producer alone, and every year we seem to buy new boxes. Where do the old, broken crayons go? Well, if you send them to LuAnn, they can be reborn as awesome, 100%-post-consumer content crayons (see Details for how to donate your old crayons). Recycling is always good, of course, but because crayons are a petroleum-based product, you can feel especially good about maximizing the lifespan of an item that depends on oil.

Our recycled crayon bundle includes a box of Eco Stars. With 20 stars in each box­, you’ll have 100 nice sharp points of color for your artistic masterpieces. Or use two points at once to create parallel lines. You also get a Can of Worms, which is (fittingly) nine earthworm-shaped crayons perfectly sized for little hands. As a special bonus, our bundle also includes one star-shaped crazy crayon with two colors swirled together.

LuAnn partners with a local work center in Wisconsin that employs people with developmental disabilities to sort the used crayons that arrive for recycling. She also works nationwide to educate kids on the importance of conservation. Art education, indeed.

— Mir
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  • LuAnn
    LuAnn

    Hi, I'm LuAnn and I've been in the crayon recycling business for 17 years. We have collected 53,000 pounds of crayons over the years and taught many kids the value of recycling. I am happy to be here today to talk to you about our crayons and answer any questions that you have!

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    8/25/2010 12:12 PM

    If you would like to be a part of this Grommet story by donating your crayons to LuAnn you can collect, box, and ship your crayons as they are (don't remove any labels if they are still on) to:

    Crayon Recycling Program

    721 Village Rd.

    Pelican Lake, WI 54463

    This is such a great way to teach your kids about recycling with items that they use everyday!

  • Kimberly
    Kimberly
    8/25/2010 12:37 PM

    This is fantastic. I am a teacher and have been saving crayons for years. Not sure why I did not think of this before. I hope to get our school into recycling all the crayons this year. It would be a great project for the children.

  • Susan
    Susan
    8/25/2010 2:02 PM

    Heck! I'm an adult (sometimes) sans children, and I have used crayons myself! LuAnn, I am on board with your project...what a creative recycling program! I've posted your Grommet video on my FB page, along with the "where to send them info"...now tell me how to get the word out among the schools in my area. Do you have flyers you can send that I can deliver to schools and/or post in the local libraries?

  • LuAnn
    LuAnn – Special Guest
    8/25/2010 2:43 PM

    Yes,send an email request to luann@crazycrayons.com and I will send along several jpg.files of coloring pages the kids can use to decorate thier bins. More information about the Crayon Recycle Program on the website.

  • Maggie
    Maggie
    8/25/2010 6:30 PM

    I really love these crayons! I've melted them down and recast them in tins before... I just never considered making a business out of it! KUDOS to you, Luann! :)~

  • Janyth Sue Lemon
    Janyth Sue Lemon
    8/25/2010 6:32 PM

    Would it be possible if I sent you a box of crayons ,as I am on disability,could you fix me a box at a discount.

  • Virgnia
    Virgnia
    8/25/2010 7:33 PM

    I wonder, how can you be sure that the crayons you are melting are not toxic if you don't know where they cam from? I love the idea, just had that question in my mind. Thanks!

  • Ed Welter
    Ed Welter
    8/25/2010 10:15 PM

    I commend your efforts here. It also makes me cringe slightly because I collect old crayon boxes. If you ever run across boxes of crayons that are old, I'd be interested in a different kind of recycling...adding them to the World's Largest Collection!

  • LuAnn
    LuAnn – Special Guest
    8/26/2010 12:19 AM

    To Virginia and all that wonder about the crayons possibly containing questionable content. We have a very strict sorting chart that we follow meticulously. We know which ones that have been certified and sort out any foreign crayons. We are professional crayon recyclers that can stand behind the safe quality of our products. Thank you for caring, we are busy caring, too!

  • LuAnn
    LuAnn – Special Guest
    8/26/2010 12:20 AM

    Hi Ed, Interesting! I have a Crayon Museum with many old crayon boxes and some really cool stuff. Stay in touch, I would be interested in sharing some of the boxes that I have 2 or more of. Curious about your collection.....

  • Rui Lund
    Rui Lund
    8/26/2010 3:30 AM

    What a marvelous and creative idea!! You must be a magician to have been doing this for so long!!! I love them all. I think I love you too!!!!

  • Matt
    Matt
    8/26/2010 9:29 AM

    Hello All!

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    8/26/2010 9:45 AM

    Hello Matt!

  • Julia
    Julia – Grommet Team
    8/26/2010 11:27 AM

    @ Rui, We too are captivated by LuAnne, her crayons and her greater mission about educating kids around the topic of recycling. She inspires a shared vision for a healthier planet.

  • Classroom Connections 365
    Classroom Connections 365
    8/26/2010 5:17 PM

    Great idea! This could be a great project for the PTA.

  • Sandra
    Sandra
    9/8/2010 12:49 AM

    We used Crayola's Crayon Maker in my Kindergarten class. The children sorted and peeled. Making different shapes is a great idea. I'd like to try it with my little "fairy-grandson. Would you ever sell the star molds?

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    9/8/2010 3:45 PM

    @Sandy - I have been in touch with LuAnn and she has some other ideas for molds that I will forward to you directly. Thank you!

  • k
    k
    9/23/2010 8:53 AM

    chunky crayons great for some (developmentally disabled =d.d.) or if you made a chunky crayon with a hole for one or more fingers to stabilize for d.d. to use. and add braille name of color for the blind unlike the crayon co. does.

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    9/23/2010 11:36 AM

    @kathy - great suggestions!

  • Suzanne
    Suzanne
    10/13/2010 6:20 AM

    Hi! We collect crayons at the school where I teach and we have made recycled crayons as prizes for our students. We always collect more than we use....I am going to rally all of the teachers and students at my school to collect them and donate them to your wonderful project...thank you for providing your address!!

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    10/13/2010 11:01 AM

    @Suzanne - Great idea!

  • joy
    joy
    11/26/2010 6:28 PM

    great idea... but the price is ridiculous.

  • joy
    joy
    11/26/2010 6:46 PM

    i don't see a reply to Janyth Sue Lemons question.. wondering why.

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    11/27/2010 10:14 AM

    @joy carter: I'm not sure how that response was lost. No, LuAnn doesn't have a discounting program for those who recycle their crayons through her.

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