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'Forest Crayons' aren't just colored like various types of wood—they're made from it too

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Traditionally, crayons are crafted from paraffin wax and synthetic pigments. But a recent innovation from Japanese design firm Playfool is shaking things up. Its Forest Crayons offer a unique and eco-friendly alternative: crayons made from real wood!


Fueled by the sheer abundance of Japan’s well-maintained forests, designers Daniel Coppen and Saki Maruyama of Playfool sought a way to utilize excess timber. Forest Crayons are crafted from offcuts of various tree species native to Japan, including cedar, hazenoki, and katsura. The wood is ground down and its natural pigments are incorporated into a base of rice wax and rice bran oil. This results in a set of 10 crayons, each boasting a distinct color derived solely from the wood itself.




The beauty of Forest Crayons lies not just in their unique source material, but also in their celebration of nature’s inherent diversity. No two crayons are exactly alike, reflecting the variations in color found across different tree species and growing conditions. This variability adds a touch of the unexpected to artwork, while also subtly reminding users of the natural world’s rich spectrum.




You can actually pick up these eco-friendly crayons from the Playfool website. So it seems that money doesn’t grow on trees, but maybe art supplies do?




Images: Playful

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