The Crayon Initiative started when Bryan Ware, a San Francisco father, realized restaurants threw out old and used crayons.
Speaking to Shane Foxman on the Weekend Afternoon Show, Ware says it took him about a year to come up with an idea to give back by using these old crayons.
“We take them back, whether it’s from schools or restaurants….sort them by colour, melt them down, put them through molds, box them in eight backs, and donate them to Children’s Hospitals.”
Ware says it’s taken about 18 months of full time work to get to where they are today. All their work is non-profit.
“This is basically a waste that would have gone to the landfill, so we looked at it…and said we can make it happen.”
He says all the work is well worth is once the crayons are donated to the Children’s Hospitals.
Ware says they are thinking of expanding, and says they are already receiving calls from around North America from schools and restaurants looking to donate their crayons.