Crayola Colorcycle initiative offers free recycling for markers used in K-12 classrooms

January 29, 2019 by  
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In the blur of school activity, students read, write, calculate and doodle. With that vision in mind, no company has created a bigger connection with the educational world than Crayola, monarch of colored pencils, crayons and markers. With that title comes a wave of concern regarding toxins and waste . After all, Crayola manufactures 465 million plastic markers alone each year, which begs the question of corporate responsibility. Fortunately, Crayola’s ahead of the curve on this one with the introduction of a voluntary marker recycling initiative for K-12 classrooms. ColorCycle, the cleverly-named program, came into being a few years ago when Crayola decided to take steps to divert billions of markers “marked” for the landfill . Since the ideology of the company focuses squarely on education, they feel it makes sense to take part in educating students about social and environmental responsibility. “The ColorCycle program has repurposed more than 70 tons of expended markers in the United States and Canada since 2013, and uses the most advanced plastic conversion technologies available today to make wax compounds for asphalt and roofing shingles as well as to generate electricity that can be used to heat homes, cook food, and power vehicles.” In conjunction with teachers, the front line in education, Crayola is backing the environmental movement with the ColorCycle plan that also includes educational-support tools. These lesson plans list supplies and activities that facilitate classroom learning about topics such as coral reefs, inventions, and how pollution travels across the planet. Related: 13 eco-friendly back-to-school supplies for a sustainable school year To participate in ColorCycle, school administrators or PTO members are informed about the program and an ambassador is chosen at the school. Collection boxes are then placed in classrooms or central locations around the school. When it’s time to ship the markers back, they are counted and packed into a plain cardboard box. A quick visit to the Crayola website will provide a shipping label and then FedEx ships the box on Crayola’s dime. To encourage involvement, Crayola also provides a letter that ambassadors can send out to parents and the community, informing them about the program along with signs that can be printed and posted around the school. There are no costs to the school or teachers so the time to set up, monitor, count and package the markers seems like a worthy investment both towards teaching children about eco-friendly practices and in promoting behaviors that help the environment. The Crayola ColorCycle program is currently available to K-12 classrooms across the United States and parts of Canada. Although not currently available outside the public schools, the company encourages daycares and other community members to take advantage of the drop boxes. Crayola will accept all brands of plastic markers, including dry erase markers and highlighters. See the Crayola website for more information about the program and how to sign up. + Crayola Image via ParentRap

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Feeling blue? How this entrepreneur created a natural dye

June 20, 2018 by  
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With regenerative agriculture and carbon capture, Stony Creek Colors is pioneering into the new sustainable textile industry.

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Feeling blue? How this entrepreneur created a natural dye

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Earth From Space Shows Environmental Destruction in Vivid Patterns and Colors

November 22, 2013 by  
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Read the rest of Earth From Space Shows Environmental Destruction in Vivid Patterns and Colors Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Earth From Above , Earth From SPace , eco design , eco photography , environmental destruction , GoodPlanet , green design , images of earth from space , photography of earth’s surface , pictures of environmental destruction from space , sustainable design , Yann Arthus-Bertrand        

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World’s Greenest Cities Recognized at UN Climate Talks in Warsaw

November 22, 2013 by  
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Some of the world’s most sustainable cities have been given special recognition at the UN climate talks underway in Warsaw . Vancouver, Cape Town, and Abu Dhabi are the winners of the World Green Building Council’s Government Leadership Awards (a competition held in partnership with ICLEI and UN-HABITAT ) which this year focused on Global Excellence in Local Green Building Policy. Each winning city has been noted for policies and practices that maximize opportunities for builders and developers to mitigate their environmental impact. Take a look after the jump at what makes these three cities so special. Read the rest of World’s Greenest Cities Recognized at UN Climate Talks in Warsaw Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “energy efficiency” , abu dhabi , Cape Town , COP-19 , energy reduction , Green Cities , green cities around the world , green design , ICLEI , sustainable cities , un habitat , vancouver , Warsaw climate talks , World Green Building Council's Government Leadership Awards , world’s greenest cities        

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Hamburg’s New HafenCity Subway Station is Lit with Shipping Container-Size LED Light Boxes

December 17, 2012 by  
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Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos Patents A Crash-Proof Airbag For Your Smartphone

December 17, 2012 by  
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Photo via Shutterstock In an effort to forever vanquish the cracked, scratched smartphone screen, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos has filed for—and received—what may be the world’s first patent for a smartphone airbag system. As mobile phones  morphed from glorified walkie-talkies to pocket-sized super computers, they became more delicate—and expensive. The need to keep our smartphones protected has inspired an entire industry of covers and cases designed to protect their electronics guts from untimely meetings with the ground. If Bezos and Amazon VP Greg Heart (also named on the patent) bring this product to market, future smartphone owners may never know the pain of watching their devices shatter into pieces. Read the rest of Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos Patents A Crash-Proof Airbag For Your Smartphone Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: airbag , Amazon , Jeff Bezos , patent , phone accessories , smartphone

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Guido Daniele Creates Amazing Depictions of Animals with Delicate Body-Painting

May 30, 2012 by  
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Italian artist Guido Daniele creates the most wonderful life-like depictions of animals simply by applying body paint to the hands of his models. A hyper-realist illustrator and trompe l’oeil artist, Daniele developed his own technique several a few years of experimentation with airbrush painting methods. Daniele’s extraordinary art was recently used in an animal conservation campaign by the World Wildlife Fund . Read the rest of Guido Daniele Creates Amazing Depictions of Animals with Delicate Body-Painting Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Animals , Art , body-painting , colors , Guido Daniele , hand-painted , Mehndi , wwf

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Albino and Half-Albino Peacocks (Photos)

August 9, 2010 by  
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Photo by Yvonne Ayoub Within the plumage of a peacock lies a complex architecture that’s continuously changing color. Or so it seems. Though the colors of a peacock are revered, it is just as stunning–if not more so–without them.

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