- Saturday 16 Feb 2019
Time : 10:42 AM IST
Made of Walnut Hulls, Veggies and Flowers, These Crayons Are Completely Organic Crayons!
Team Udayavani, Jul 26, 2018, 10:42 AM IST
Two companies in India, Avani EarthCraft in the Kumaon hills, and Azafran in Ahmedbad have taken up the initiative to make crayons from naturals, plants-based ingredients.
Art was one of my most favourite subject in school. Every Wednesday, One hour was dedicated to sketching, drawing and colouring-my school school somehow knew that this break would fresh the student like nothing else. We would all open our blank sketchbooks, draw with pencils and spend the rest of our time colouring the pencil drawings, with crayons.
As young students, we never realized that in this process, we were digging our nails in the crayons, which were made of wax and colour pigments, among other ingrediants, and later these flecks of wax would mix with our food and enter our bodies.
A similar observation and effort to lower the carbon footprint have prompted some people in India to start manufacturing organic crayons. If your young has just started colouring and doesn’t worry too much about shading and hues, Avani’s crayons may be your perfect choice of crayons.
Their natural crayons are created using locally harvested beeswax and plant-bases pigments, including indigo, marigold, euoatoriu and myrobolan. These colourful crayons are completely non-toxic and safe for kids of all ages!
The organic beeswax is bought from a foundation in the Nilgiris that employs honey gatherers. Rashmi Bharati, the co-founder of the Kumaon-based company said, “It was my daughter who inspired me to create organic crayons. Mosr art supplies available in the market today are made with synthetic ingredients, and I wanted to develop something wasn’s harmful for children”.
The crayon sets are then procured in wholesale by a social enterprise in Mumbai called Sew Saw Handmade. According to Eazelly, a product curation website, “Sew Saw works with marginalized women artisans across Indian to promote economic empowerment of rural artisans. These women create Handmade and non-toxic essential for children of all ages”.
Along with Avani Earthcraft, Azafran Organics, based in Ahmedabad also make crayons from organic raw products. Aditi Vyas, the director of the company, said, “We use soy wax, palm wax, soy butter and food-grade colours in our Veggies Crayons.
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