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Crayola has gone green this back-to-school season by making crayons with solar power, markers from recycled bottle caps, and colored pencils from reforested wood.
I’ve always been a big fan of Crayola. There’s nothing like the smell of a fresh box of Crayola crayons in the fall to get you ready for back-to-school.
But as my young boys break their 37th crayon or lose their 9th marker top, I tend to wonder about the environmental impact of all that.
I’m pleased to learn that Crayola is making efforts to increase its environmental friendliness while keeping the same affordable prices.
The new packages of Crayola crayons, markers and colored pencils now have special icons calling out the way each product is lessening its impact on the environment. These affordable and “green” back-to-school essentials include:
- Crayola Markers – Crayola markers will now have black barrels instead of white, which allows for more recycled plastic to be used and gives a second life to more than 1 million pounds of plastic bottle caps. The new markers are available in 10-ct. Broadline Classic Colors, 10-ct. Broadline Assorted Colors, 10-ct. Fineline Classic Colors, 8-ct. Washable Broadline and 8-ct. Washable Fineline.
- Crayola Green 24-ct. Crayons – More than 26,200 solar panels will convert sunlight into electricity, generating the energy required to make 1 billion of the 3 billion crayons Crayola makes each year, which equals 60 million 24-ct. boxes.
- Crayola Green Colored Pencils – Committed to protecting the rain forests since 1987, all Crayola colored pencils have been made from reforested wood instead of wood sourced from tropical rainforest or endangered species. For every tree used, a new tree of the same species is planted. The 12-, 24-, 36-, and 50-ct. boxes of Crayola Colored Pencils will be among the first to carry the “Eco-Evolution” icon on their packaging.
We got a chance to try out these markers, colored pencils and crayons, and they are just as vibrant and easy to use the old classic Crayolas we’ve come to know and love.
I’d like to give you a chance to try these new Crayola products too!
One lucky reader will win a Crayola “Green Back-to-School Essentials” prize pack that includes Crayola Green Markers, Crayola Green Crayons and Crayola Green Colored Pencils for your kids to take back to class.
To enter to win, simply fill out the form below before 9 p.m. CST on Sunday, August 22, 2010.
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You must be a resident of the US age 18 years or older. Please only one entry per household. Duplicate entries will be deleted. The names and e-mail addresses I gather will only be used to notify the winner on how to claim their prize.
I will randomly draw one winner and notify that person by e-mail once the contest is over. I will also announce the winner here. The winner will have 48 hours to claim the prize, or I will draw a new winner.
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