Crayola Goes Green

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Crayola products are a summer must-have to keep little hands occupied during school breaks and on plane trips. These classics just got a bit of a face lift. Why would Crayola mess with an iconic design! How about making the earth a better place. Crayola's looking for ways to create a healthier planet for the kids of today and tomorrow.

As part of Crayola's ever-evolving green initiative, this upcoming back-to-school season special boxes of Crayola crayons, markers and colored pencils will feature icons calling out the ways each product is lessening its impact on the environment. Solar panels are starting to provide power to make more than 1 billion Crayola crayons annually and recycled bottle caps are being used to make 500 million Crayola markers, keeping hundreds of tons of plastic out of landfills.

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As the countdown begins to August 5 when they'll celebrate plugging a new 15-acre solar farm into the sun, Crayola is launching a search for the inaugural members of the "Crayola Green Team."

Children can participate in the "How I Dream in Green" contest for the chance to win one of 10 spots on the Crayola Green Team. Crayola will bring the team to Easton, Pa., to do the honors of ceremonially plugging our new 15-acre solar farm into the sun on August 5.

Parents can submit artwork through June 28 that illustrates the colorful ways children want to protect the planet either on Crayola's Facebook fan page (www.facebook.com/crayola) or at Crayola.com. Submissions will be displayed in an online gallery on Facebook open for public voting from July 6-21. Crayola will then select the 10 most creative and original ideas from the artwork that receives the most votes.

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The winning kids will be honored for the ways they want to do good for the environment during the opening of our solar farm and will have the rare chance to take a VIP tour of Crayola's manufacturing facility where they can help us package our new solar power crayons and receive a custom 64 box filled with pine green, jungle green, electRic lime and the other 15 shades of crayola green crayons personalized with their individual names. Quite a summer essay they'll be able to write when they head back to school.

Here at Momtrends we'd like to offer you the opportunity to be one of the first to receive a box of new solar powered crayons and markers made with recycled bottle caps. Five lucky readers will get a set of these new crayons. Leave a comment with your email and you'll be getting some new art supplies just in time for summer.

Be sure to add your contact email. Contest open to US residents ages 18 and over. Contest ends 6/30/10 at midnight EST. Winners will be selected by random.org. Winners will be announced on a blog post. If winner fails to respond in three days a new winner will be chosen. Momtrends was not paid for this post.

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