Recycling Hack For Crayola Markers To Help Keep Oceans Clean

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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 of 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. The 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.

box full of used markers to be recycled by Crayola
Courtesy of Hali McCloud

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.”

This story was submitted to Love What Matters by Hali McCloud of Hawaii. Learn more about Crayola Colorcycle on their website. Join the Love What Matters family and subscribe to our newsletter.

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