This father found a brilliant way to reuse leftover crayons

An inventive father called Bryan Ware, from San Francisco, came up with a brilliant way to reuse leftover crayons that get thrown out by restaurants and schools.

Bryan came up with his idea in 2011, when he went to a restaurant to celebrate his birthday with his family. The waiter brought his two sons some crayons to draw with, and he wondered what they did with them after the guests leave. He discovered that they simply get thrown out. This led him to create the Crayon Initiative, which delivers crayons to hospitals throughout California.


Every year, up to 75,000 pounds of crayons get thrown away by restaurants and schools.


Creative dad Bryan Ware makes use of them for a truly noble deed. First, he melts them down…


He then pours them into special custom-made molds…


…and makes new crayons! He makes 96 new crayons each time he does this.


The crayons are thicker and easier to grasp for young children and kids with special needs.


The finished crayons are delivered to hospitals throughout California.


Bryan’s already delivered more than 2,000 boxes!


“If these crayons give them an escape from that hospital room for ten minutes, we did our job,” says Bryan.



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