This year Crayola celebrates the 10th Anniversary of its 20-acre solar farm, which includes more than 33,000 panels and produces enough energy to make 3 billion crayons and 700 million markers annually, all made in the USA!
“To add to the celebration of this important milestone, Crayola is happy to announce that kids all around the world can say their Crayola crayons, markers, paints, and modelling compounds are now made with 100% renewable energy,” said Rich Wuerthele, President & CEO, Crayola.
“Thanks to our partnership with Energy Power Partners, UGI, Baltimore County Renewable Energy Project, Lancaster County Waste Management, and state and local governments, this year Crayola reached its goal of 100% renewable energy.”
“Our legacy of sustainability began when the company harnessed the power of the Bushkill Creek to generate electricity to manufacture slate pencils and chalk in the early 1900s,” said Pete Ruggiero, Chief Operating Officer, Crayola.
Throughout its 117-year-old heritage, Crayola continued its environmental sustainability efforts by re-using excess wax created during the crayon moulding process, re-using scrap plastic in marker production, manufacturing coloured pencils with wood from well-managed forests and utilizing solar energy to power its facilities.
“Over the past ten years, we have been able to manufacture 10 billion crayons and 7 billion markers with the power of the sun,” continued Mr. Ruggiero.
Crayola is committed to responsibly making its products and working to get better every day to ensure that children have a healthy environment for their creative tomorrows.