This special section was created by natural product expert Amy Serotkin of The Mindful Home as part of Mothering's Ultimate Green Guide to Back to School Supplies. Check it out for many more eco-friendly, made in the USA picks for back to school.
The second most popular question posted on my natural toys buy/sell/trade group is regarding non-toxic crayons (the first is about play kitchens, and you can find my post on those here). Time and time again, the moms there respond with the same #1 crayon recommendation. Most commercial crayons are made with paraffin, a petroleum based wax that is not easily biodegradable, and others may have questionable ingredients. In the past there have been recalls and warnings for lead, asbestos, and most recently, mercury in crayons. Here is a list of brands made with safe, natural ingredients and beeswax or soy wax instead of paraffin. It is worth noting that beeswax has greater durability than soy wax, so beeswax crayons are less likely to break.
These are made in New Zealand of beeswax and non-toxic pigments. Their short, stubby shape is designed to give an easier grip for small hands, and also prevent breakage.
Clear Hills Honey Company
USA made beeswax crayons that contain USA made non-toxic pigments and clays.
MORE BRANDS INCLUDING THOSE NOT RECOMMENDED:
To read more about the other 8 beeswax and soy crayons discussed, you can find the rest of this post and more like it, including my Complete Guide to Non-Toxic, Eco Friendly Baby Gear, at my website - The Mindful Home.
Amy Serotkin is dedicated to sustainable living and finding ways to eliminate toxins in her home. She is an avid organic gardener and cook, and is always looking for more ways to challenge herself to lessen her family's ecological imprint.
Her website, www.themindfulhome.blogspot.com, shares with consumers the information she's found on toxins and eco friendly products that help eliminate disposables or toxin exposure. She also hopes to highlight smaller retailers, crafters and manufacturers.