‘If you collect the dead markers, Crayola will send you a free shipping label and you can ship them back to be recycled!’

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“My name is Hali McCloudand. I do a ton of work in Maui to help the reefs and coastlines here, I have a business called Shark Pit Designs and I give 100% of my profits to groups that help Maui’s reefs and beaches. I allocate a portion the money to print fliers and cards to educate visitors on how chemical sunscreens are killing our coral reefs. I sell reusable straws and biodegradable utensil sets to try to cut down on single-use plastic usage.

So, when I heard about the Crayola Colorcycle program, of course I had to try it. But school was out for the summer but my youngest was in preschool for another month, so I set the box up in his preschool and that’s where I collected the markers in the picture.

15 pounds of dead markers that will not end up in Maui’s landfill or ocean. Did you know that Crayola has a program…

Posted by Hali McCloud on Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Our kids have to live here after us. If our kids learn young, habits that can be sustainable and responsible, they’ll stick with them into adulthood. My kids know the problems with using plastic straws and proudly use stainless steel straws. They love using bento boxes for lunch instead of zip lock bags. They bring reusable water bottles everywhere and refuse single use bottles. They are conscious. That’s important if we want things to change. We have to teach our kids because change is such a slow process. It takes generations for real change to take place.

I’m heartbroken that Crayola won’t include Hawaii and Alaska in this program. I’m hoping all this attention might change their minds.”

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