Your crayons can change the world.
Turn discarded crayons into environmental and art education learning opportunities.
The Crayon Collection model is simple, but our impact is extraordinary.
By collecting gently-used crayons from kid-friendly restaurants and hotels we intervene in a cycle of waste that has existed for decades. This community-based collection effort supports the environment by redirecting still good crayons to teachers instead of landfills .
We save an extraordinary tool of expression, curiosity and learning — the crayon — from never decomposing in landfills, and redistribute them to local schools in need across the entire country.
Our program prevents millions of crayons from being discarded each year and instead repurposed for teachers and students, along with best in class resources to support art education.
At the heart of our work is a desire to create a global movement for change, a new “eco-normal” consciousness that is mindful of the environment and nearby communities in need.
One Million Crayon Drive and Exhibit
Proud to set the world record for most crayons donated in history! We surpassed our goal of 1 million crayons! THANK YOU EVERYONE!
Crayon Collection is THE CHARITY PARTNER for the record-breaking best selling The Day The Crayons Quit and The Day The Crayons Came Home.
simple act of
saving a crayon,
Get involved — you can help, too!
It’s easy to get started.
Collect crayons when you dine out and ask restaurants in your neighborhood to participate too. Even community members and classmates will join in by contributing their gently used crayons.
Crayon Recycling Program
Through our Crayon Recycling Program, we establish partnerships with national restaurant and hotel chains that distribute free crayons to children when they dine. Instead of throwing these crayons away after each meal, we establish a collection process for each location and ensure these gently used crayons are donated to a local school in need.Read More
Arts Education Program
Crayon Collection partners with renowned artists such as Kenny Scharf and Annie Lapin to design and implement interesting projects using gently used crayons. This artistic mentoring process adds a deeper level of Art Education using a resource (crayon) that otherwise would have been trash.Read More
Color Kindness Program
At community events and organized volunteering opportunities we connect kids with kids, through our Color Kindness Program. We ask children to pack up a variety of crayon colors into a cloth pouch. We then ask that child to include a hand-written note of positivity. This gentle expression of care goes a long way and is a source of joy for both recipient and writer.Read More
Kids need color. Provide them with something as simple as some crayons and some paper and you provide an outlet for them to explore their imagination, which is so important because for some kids that is all they have.
Produced by Motion Distillery, starring Blue Green. Very special thanks to the Creative Visions Foundation who was key to making this video possible.
PENGUIN RANDOM HOUSE PARTNERSHIP
Crayon Collection is THE partner charity of Penguin Random House for their international best selling children’s books, “The Day The Crayons Quit” and “The Day the Crayons Came Home.”
Watch our PSA at the end of the adorable children’s film by Magnolia Pictures called, “The Hero of Color City”. Special thanks to Owen Wilson, Christina Ricci and Jessica Capshaw for lending their voices to this video.