Do you ever wonder what happens to leftover crayons?
While out celebrating his birthday with his family in a restaurant in 2011, Bryan Ware from San Francisco discovered that every leftover crayons gets thrown away.
“I wondered, ‘What happens to these crayons after we leave if we don’t take them with us?’” he told The Mighty.
Dismayed by what he discovered, the creative dad thought of a brilliant way to reuse leftover crayons. Ware took unwanted crayons thrown out by restaurants, schools, and even acquaintances, then melted them down and reprocessed them into new crayons.
The Crayon Initiative, which Ware founded in 2013, aims to repurpose old crayon wax into new crayons that children from hospitals across California can use.
Up to 75,000 pounds of crayon gets thrown away by schools and restaurants every year.
This is why inventive dad Bryan Ware thought of a brilliant way to repurpose them.
He melts them down and puts them into a special mold to create new crayons.
The creative father comes up with 96 new crayons each time he does it.
Kids with special needs can easily grasp these crayons as they are thicker than ordinary ones.
Ware then delivers the new crayons to hospitals across California.
The Crayon Initiative, which started in 2013, has delivered more than 2,000 boxes of crayons to children’s hospitals.
“From my perspective, the biggest goal is to give them an escape,”
“I can’t even fathom what these kids are going through.”
“If these crayons give them an escape from that hospital room for ten minutes, we did our job.”
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