Crayola and schools across North America are banding together to help kids understand the importance of their role in protecting the environment. That’s why they’ve launched “Crayola ColorCycle.” Through this initiative, students in K-12 schools across the continental United States and parts of Canada can collect and re-purpose used Crayola markers.
ColorCycle will accept all brands of plastic markers, not just Crayola markers. That includes dry erase markers & highlighters. If you collect the dead markers, they’ll send you a free shipping label & you can ship them back to Crayola to be recycled!
ColorCycle is also a great opportunity for teachers and their students to explore eco-friendly practices. Specially developed standards-based lesson plans are available to enrich instruction and promote lively class discussions.
If you would like to help implement this in your child’s school, follow these simple steps:
1. Engage & Educate: Inform your school administrators or PTO about participating in the ColorCycle program.
2. Collect & Count: Set up a collection station in your school for used markers.
3. Pack & Print: Pack markers in a cardboard box (with minimal outer markings). Please include markers only, no other plastics. Each box should weigh between 8-10 pounds. Secure each box with packing tape to ensure it doesn’t open during transport. Print out a FedEx shipping label.
4. Ship & Smile: FedEx Ground will pick up the markers — Crayola pays all shipping charges! Finally, smile – you just saved the planet!
Want more tips on cutting out plastics? Check out these Earth Month Tips for some more great ideas and resources!