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Life Cycle of a Crayon

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Shawol Kim

on 30 January 2013

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Life Cycle of a Crayon By: Amber and Marina M. Materials for making a Crayon Manufacturing a Crayon Design Binney & Smith Company (later to be named Crayola LLC) developed their own famous line of wax crayons beginning on June 10, 1903. Crayons are made from paraffin, a waxy substance derived from wood, coal, or petroleum.

Crayon manufacturing is a simple process, but one which is still relatively labor intensive. In the American market, the predominant manufacturer is the Binney & Smith Company of Pennsylvania, which manufactures more than two billion crayons a year. Distribution Packaging a Crayon The Use of a Crayon. Crayons that have passed the quality control inspection are automatically placed into racks where they are wrapped with paper labels; most manufacturers use a double wrapping of paper to give the crayons added strength. Crayons are automatically filled into boxes and sent to wholesalers. Their products are sold through distributor partners in much of Europe, Asia, Africa and the Middle East. The Operations Division is responsible for sourcing, distributing, and manufacturing of Crayola products in the U.S. Crayola’s distribution business is divided into three categories: Products sold to retail stores through distribution chains, products sold to schools, educational distributors, office supply retailers and specialty markets, and products sold overseas through our international division. Crayola does not control the prices of their products at retail stores Crayola crayons are used mainly by younger children for both recreational and academic purposes. The main use is, not surprisingly, coloring pictures. Other uses include actually using the crayon to draw lines as opposed to filling in shapes. The beauty of crayons is that they are entirely bio-degradable. The wax product is able to undergo the same recycling process as the product it is used with. Wax is a non-toxic chemical that is easily recycled due to its nonreactive structure. Wax has a long hydro-carbon chain with a carboxylic acid group at the end. This makes it a good deal like soap, which is nearly identical in composition. When the Crayola crayon has been spent upon paper for coloring, that paper can be collected for recycling, and the wax is easily separated from the paper. This collected wax residue is then sent back to the Crayola company a reprocessed for new crayons. Finally, the paper used for Crayola products and its cardboard containers are made from 25% recycled paper. Disposal
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