Nobody wants to see a crayon go to waste, especially Bryan Ware from San Francisco.
The dad gathers up leftover crayons that are thrown out by restaurants and schools, melts them down and recycles them into new crayons for children at hospitals.
It all started in 2011 when Bryan was celebrating his birthday at a restaurant. His waiter had brought his two sons some crayons, which made him wonder where the crayons go after they’re done with them. After discovering that they get thrown out he set up the Crayon Initiative, which delivers crayons to hospitals throughout California.
Up to 75,000 pounds of crayons are thrown away by restaurants and schools every year
Bryan melts them down
He pours them into custom molds
Making 96 crayons each time he does this.
The crayons are thicker, which makes them easier to grasp for young children with special needs.
The finished crayons are delivered to hospitals throughout the state.
So far they have already produced over 2000 boxes.
“If these crayons give them an escape from that hospital room for ten minutes, we did our job,”
Recycling and happy kids, what’s not to like?