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Bryan Ware Reused Leftover Crayons For Children with Special Needs

Dad finds brilliant way to reuse leftover crayons from restaurants.

The founder of the Crayon Initiative, Bryan Ware, was at dinner with his family for his 40th birthday. His family was discussing ways to give back to their community, especially in the arts.

During his family dinner, he was coloring with his children on the kid menus provided by the restaurant. He began to wonder what happened to all the used crayons after each meal.

Since 2015, the Crayon Initiative has diverted 50 million used crayons that would otherwise end up in the landfill.

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.

Reused Leftover Crayons

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.

Every year, up to 75,000 pounds of crayons get thrown away.

Creative dad Bryan Ware found a brilliant solution – he melts them down, then pours them into special custom molds. He makes 96 new crayons each time he does this. These crayons are thicker and easier to grasp for young children and kids with special needs. The finished crayons are delivered to hospitals throughout California. They’ve already delivered more than 2,000 boxes.

“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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