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Dad Finds Brilliant Way To Reuse Leftover Crayons From Restaurants And Schools
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Dad Finds Brilliant Way To Reuse Leftover Crayons From Restaurants And Schools

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Bryan Ware, an inventive dad in San Francisco, has come up with a brilliant way to reuse leftover crayons that get thrown out by restaurants and schools – he melts them down and recycles them into new crayons for children at hospitals.

He came up with the idea in 2011 when celebrating his birthday at a restaurant. His waiter had brought his two sons some crayons, and he wondered where the crayons go after they’re done with them. His discovery that they get thrown out led to the Crayon Initiative, which delivers crayons to hospitals throughout California.

More info: thecrayoninitiative.org | Facebook | Twitter (h/t: themighty)

Every year, up to 75,000 pounds of crayons get thrown away by restaurants and schools

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Creative dad Bryan Ware found a brilliant solution – he melts them down

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He then pours them into special custom molds

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He makes 96 new crayons each time he does this

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These crayons are thicker and easier to grasp for young children and kids with special needs

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The finished crayons are delivered to hospitals throughout California

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They’ve already delivered more than 2,000 boxes

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“If these crayons give them an escape from that hospital room for ten minutes, we did our job,” said Bryan Ware

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There is a beast with heart of cold stone that dashes like lightning, shreds flesh from bone. // Bewitched by this beast, I fell to my knees. My mouth babbled madness and mumbled soft pleas. // I stared down the ravenous, gnashing dark maw of a cute cuddly kitten with yarn in its paw

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JustėKažukauskaitė
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8 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Idea is briliant, but I don't understand why restaurants and schools throw crayons away? They seems to be good enough to use them

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8 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

At the restaurants, its a health thing. As for the schools, most of the crayons at the end of the year are destroyed, so this is a great way to get that last bit out of them. :-)

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JulianaMota
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8 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Well done! Not only for these kids but also for the environment, we do waste to much material and we can recycle it.

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JustėKažukauskaitė
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8 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Idea is briliant, but I don't understand why restaurants and schools throw crayons away? They seems to be good enough to use them

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RhoEdmunds
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8 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

At the restaurants, its a health thing. As for the schools, most of the crayons at the end of the year are destroyed, so this is a great way to get that last bit out of them. :-)

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JulianaMota
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8 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Well done! Not only for these kids but also for the environment, we do waste to much material and we can recycle it.

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