Marin Kids Force Crayola to Make Its Mark on the Environment

Sun Valley School's favorite color is green
The kids over at Sun Valley School in San Rafael are lamenting the fact that the Crayola markers they use to draw, write, and color, are pretty ... pretty polluting.

And because the students are sick of seeing so much wasted plastic, they started a petition on asking the company to give consumers a convenient way to recycle the millions of Crayola markers manufactured every year. As the kids astutely note, currently there's no method to recycle the nearly half a billion markers made every year, which is they they are explicitly asking Crayola to create a "take-back" program, giving consumers a safe way to recycle markers.

Here's what the students had to say to Crayola executives:

We are looking for your leadership to empower kids to be "green." Will you take the lead and show the world that you care about keeping plastics out of landfills, incinerators and oceans? When plastics are sent to landfill, or burned for electricity, or washed into oceans, they pollute Earth.

It seems the kids are really onto something, because already 45,000 people have signed onto their petition. And 10-year-old Dante was one of them. "I want to let you know that I am not a useless little kid. I can make a difference! By telling you to recycle your pens," Dante said.

We wish them luck in embarking on this environmental feat.

By the way, no markers were used in the making of this petition.

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You'd think someone could make a refill kit for these, just like printer cartridges.  All you have to do is pop the little cap off the back and squeeze in a few drops of ink.

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