• Crayons are colored wax, molded into a cylindrical form. Crayons are used for drawing and writing. They are typically utilized by children because of their clean and non-toxic nature, as opposed to markers and paints. Crayons can be utilized for fine art, but are typically used for coloring, the popular child’s hobby, making crayons useful for Art Education major.


  • Crayons are made of paraffin wax. Paraffin wax is a petroleum derivative that is often colorless.1


  • Paraffin Wax is a product of petroleum extraction, and thus contributes to the fossil fuels industry and concerns revolving global warming.2

Human Health

  • Crayons are non-toxic but can cause a laxative reaction when digested, large amounts cause intestinal blockage.3

Safe Use and Exposure

  • Crayons are safe in normal use. Melted or hot crayon wax can burn skin, so use protection accordingly. Do not eat crayons.

Proper disposal

  • Wax is resistant to water and therefor severely lengthens the decomposition time of crayons.4 Dispose of crayon fragments in the normal trash. Usable crayons should be donated to givetake.

Safe Alternatives

  • Soy crayons are an alternative which do  not require petroleum extraction. Support companies like Crayola, a leading manufacturer of crayons, which boasts environmentally friendly practices like solar power and recycled plastics in their production methods.5


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  2. “Raw materials and candles production processes”, Association European Candle Makers,
  3. “Crayons”, Illinois Poison Center,
  4. “Recycling of Crayons”, Ecycler,
  5. “Green Products”, Crayola,