Crayola Crayons, Markers, Paints, Modeling Compounds Now Made With 100% Renewable Energy
In 2020, Crayola celebrated the 10th anniversary of its 20–acre solar farm with a huge milestone — reaching its goal of 100% renewable energy. The solar farm includes more than 33,000 panels and produces enough energy to make 3 billion crayons and 700 million markers every year, all made in the U.S.A.
Crayola’s 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. The company continued its environmental sustainability efforts over its 117-year history by reusing excess wax created during the crayon molding process, reusing scrap plastic in marker production, manufacturing colored pencils with wood from well-managed forests, and utilizing solar energy to power its facilities.
“Over the past 10 years, we have been able to manufacture 10 billion crayons and 7 billion markers with the power of the sun,” said Pete Ruggiero, Crayola’s chief operating officer.
Crayola met its goal of 100% renewable energy thanks to partnerships with Energy Power Partners, UGI, Baltimore County Renewable Energy Project, Lancaster County Waste Management, and state and local governments.♦