Some of the greatest joys in my life right now are the solitary, quiet (yes, actually quiet), time-consuming activities that Beckett can engross herself in for minutes on end. They are literally miracles. After spending countless months being our child’s sole source of amusement, she is learning to do things with herself. Her building blocks go up into towers and come tumbling down over and over again. Her barn is the centerpiece of a play date with animals and tractors.
And, then there is the drawing.
Coloring falls into an entirely different league of entertainment value. It’s a big statement when an activity can hold her attention for tens of minutes in a world where she operates in seconds. So, crayons and pencils have been a lifeline in this adventure called parenthood. They provide me with a respite from the merry-go-round that is toddlerhood.
Eco Stars Recycled Crayons
I love this company. I love their product. I love their niche. And, I love the statement they are making by using recycled materials. The first thing that’s noteworthy are the materials that go into the crayons – they are made of 100% recycled crayons and as of August 2010, they had collected over 55,000 pounds (that’s A LOT of crayon bits).
The crayons come in the standard cylindrical shape and other funky designs like earthworms and stars, but the stars are our household favorite. They don’t break under the extreme pressure of Beckett “etching” instead of coloring and there are five (!!) points on each crayon! Eco Stars collects remnants from individuals, schools, restaurants and workplaces and ensures quality by discarding any crayons made in China and other foreign countries because they contain lead and plastic. It’s an ingenious way to reduce landfill waste, albeit one bitty crayon at a time, and put old goods to a new use!
Clementine Art: Natural. Fresh. Real.
The soy rock crayons by Clementine Art were one of the first crayons in our house. They quickly became a favorite because they fit into Beckett’s chubby baby hands and the round shape made it nearly almost somewhat impossible for her to bite off chunks. The shape is perfect for little ones just starting to experiment with coloring and great for older kids looking to cover a lot of area faster than you can say lickety-split.
But, the crayons are just the tip of the iceberg. Clementine Art has an entire line of art products that are all-natural and completely non-toxic. The colorings are vegetable and other plant based dyes and the ingredients are naturally occurring polymers and other minerals. The packaging also makes a statement by utilizing 80% post-consumer waste and being quite minimal. I like that Clementine Art is focused on truly non-toxic, all-natural alternatives to the everyday art products you can find. The ingredients are innovative and the high-quality, unique products are one of a kind.
The world of art products and crayons goes so far beyond the old-school yellow box of Crayola sticks. Crazy Crayons and Clementine Art are companies thinking outside this box and finding innovative ways to reduce landfill waste and provide safe, non-toxic materials for our children to play with. Color me crazy (or sleep deprived) but I think I love these guys!
And, now, for the giveaway you have been waiting for…
One lucky Sacred Bee Blog reader will win a set of “Recycle” stick crayons from Crazy Crayons and another reader will win a set of Natural Paint from Clementine Art!
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Winners will be drawn on Saturday, October 16th, 2010 at 8:00pm PST.