Easton, PA – September 15, 2020 – 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 U.S.A!
“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 modeling 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 molding process, re-using 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 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.
Crayola LLC, based in Easton, Pa. and a business of Hallmark Cards, Inc., is the worldwide leader in children’s creative expression products. Known for the iconic Crayola Crayon first introduced in 1903, the Crayola brand has grown into a portfolio of art tools, crafting activities and creativity toys that offer children innovative ways to use color to create everything imaginable. Consumers can find the wide array of Crayola products in the “Crayola Aisle” at all major retailers. For more information, visit www.crayola.com or join the community at www.facebook.com/crayola.
For more than 100 years, family-owned Hallmark Cards, Inc. has been dedicated to creating a more emotionally connected world. Headquartered in Kansas City, Missouri and employing 27,000 worldwide, the approximately $3.5 billion company operates a diversified portfolio of businesses. The Hallmark Global business sells greeting cards, gift wrap and related products in more than 30 languages with distribution in nearly 100 countries and 100,000 rooftops worldwide, including a network of company-owned and independently-owned Hallmark Gold Crown stores in five countries. Crayola® offers a wide range of art materials and creative play toys designed to spark children’s creativity around the globe. Crown Media Family Networks operates three cable channels – Hallmark Channel, Hallmark Movies & Mysteries, and Hallmark Drama – in addition to Hallmark Publishing, a leading publisher of uplifting eBooks, audiobooks, and print editions, and Hallmark Movies Now, a subscription-based streaming service. Crown Center is a real estate development company that manages the 85-acre hotel, office, entertainment and residential campus surrounding Hallmark’s headquarters. For more information, visit Hallmark.com. Connect on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, LinkedIn and YouTube.