Sharpen the pencils and toss those that are just a couple of inches in length. The Vietnam Veterans of America is a charity that supports and empowers all veterans with a focus on homeless, poor and underserved veterans. VVA accepts most items, such as art and office supplies, small appliances and furniture. Recycles.org allows you to list any office supplies your company has available for donation.
Kids get to help be part of the solution, both to the environment as well as to brighten the day of another child. Throwing more into the recycling bin can actually be worse. Regardless of the question if recycling is as efficient as it could be, many Americans are convinced that recycling is an important part of sustainability. Get recaps, exclusive offers, stories and discounts.
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It’s easy to zone out and over sharpen your pencils. While this isn’t necessarily a bad thing, it does shorten the life of these writing tools. Pencils for Kids is a nonprofit that collects pencils for kids in West Africa. Give Write will also take your gently used pencils, and donate them to kids in impoverished areas.
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One of the arguably most popular supplies parents will be buying are markers. They’re a universal art project staple; kids can use them to write and color, and it seems that there are constantly new colors (and scents!) coming out. One of the biggest downsides to markers though is that kids are often careless with them. How many time have we had to remind our kids to put the caps back on tightly so the marker doesn’t dry out, only to have our kids complain that the markers have dried out? And what do we do with all of those dried out markers?
Paraffin crayons can take up to five, ten and even 25 years to naturally biodegrade into our eco systems only in the right conditions. Traditional crayons are sticks of paraffin wax, similar to candles we burn in our home. I learned how crayons were made, and what they were made from.
Full of great fundraising ideas and Common Core activities for kids of all grade levels. "I was grateful to donate our toolbox full of crayons for such a worthy cause, as I am cleaning out my children’s art supplies. You gave me a blessing by doing such a wonderful thing." Roll up your sleeves and turn your unwanted pencils into something new. There are a ton of great upcycling projects you can try right at home!
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Another idea I’ve heard is using the brown and black colors to fill in furniture scratches. When my son was about 3 or so, he pulled over a lamp and the shade put a gash in the table. I think an actual marker would work better but this table needs more help than a crayon or marker can give it so I’ll save this project for another day. A quick Google search turned up several different organizations that accept used crayons and put them to good use. There are a few programs that will recycle your used crayons.
- Crayon Collection – partners with restaurants and hotels to collect crayons that are used to occupy kids during their visit to the restaurants.
- Any hospital that’s a part of the Children’s Hospital Association can make a donation request — including one in your community.
- After removing whole crayons that can be reused, we recycle the broken crayon pieces into “Super Crayons.” Volunteers help sort, peel, and melt the broken crayons.
- No personal contact information will be shared outside of the organization without an individual’s written consent.
- Find a school or organization in need (i.e. Title 1 School,Head Start Center, children’s nonprofit or local shelter) and confirm they’ll accept crayon donations.
- You probably have a ton of pens, pencils, crayons, markers, and highlighters at home.
"Toys for Tots also has a literacy program as well," says Silvester. The Impact of Crayons in Landfills Unfortunately, most crayons end up in landfills. The paper wrapper will break down with time, but crayons are made of a petroleum by-product called paraffin, which isn’t biodegradable and will just sit in the landfill forever. TerraCycle has collected more than 1.3 billion writing instruments since they started their program. You may not know how to recycle markers, but TerraCycle does!
Art also can aid in communication and improve cognitive development. Gather your highlighters and put them in the same Zero Waste Box as your pens, pencils, and markers. You can then mail them to TerraCycle and keep them out of landfills. The Pen Guy, a.k.a. Costas Schuler, will take your unwanted pens and use them for his next project. To date, he has collected more than 10,000 old pens that he welds together to create furniture, murals, and other works of art.
AmeriDisability is dedicated to individuals with disabilities, caregivers, seniors and like-minded supporters. Our accessible publication aims to inform, inspire and empower the disability and senior communities, and the community-at-large. Our well-intentioned voices are stronger through purposeful collaboration. Crayola highlighters can be sent directly to the ColorCycle program. They will then go about either properly recycling the highlighters or repurposing them into new supplies.