Crayola is one of the world’s biggest art brands.
Who hasn’t used Crayola markers or Crayola crayons at some point in their lives.
Well, it may come as a shock but art supplies are often not compatible with a vegan lifestyle.
When we went to find out if Crayola products were vegan-friendly we were very disappointed in what we learned.
Crayola Markers are definitely not vegan in fact, you’d be amazed at how far from vegan-friendly the average marker (not just Crayola’s) is.
A marker needs a bunch of different products thrown together to get the formula that makes a nice mark on the page and often the easiest course to get this is to use animal-derived ingredients which are clearly not suitable for vegans.
Beeswax Vs Paraffin Wax And More
They can contain beeswax (not paraffin wax), honey, eggs, gelatin, bone char, insect shells, and cow’s milk!
They are 100% not vegan in any respect.
However, the Crayola brand markers tend to be made of a plastic barrel (plastic is not good for the planet anyway), a plastic cap, cotton filaments (not organic GOTS cotton), a plastic nib, and a dye of various color pigments.
There is no information whatsoever on what these dyes contain and that should set your vegan alarm bells ringing.
The good news is that they are guaranteed to be non-toxic according to Crayola.
What About Crayola Crayons?
Are Crayola crayons vegan?
That would be a resounding “no” too.
Crayola confirmed this to be the case and they say most crayons contain animal ingredients.
In fact, that distinctive Crayola smell of Crayola Crayons is an ingredient known as stearic acid.
Stearic Acid And Animals
And stearic acid is made from beef fat and animal fat.
In fact, Crayola is happy to confirm that many of its art product formulas include stearic acid and while this can be derived from vegetable sources for their art supplies? It is not.
So, it doesn’t matter how much stearic acid is in each Crayon, they all contain processed beef fat and animal by-products.
Are There Any Vegan Crayons Or Vegan Markers?
Yes! The good news is that if you want to be specific about whether your art supplies come from plant or animal sources, you can be.
The crayon boxes are a bit different and the Crayola prints will need to be substituted but you can get crayons and markers that don’t come from slaughtered or trapped animals and that’s got to be a good thing, right?
We can recommend Azafran Crayons and also Wee Can Too Veggie Baby Crayons which are made from a different long saturated fatty acid that comes from a mix of waxy oils (including vegetable oils and palm, soy, and coconut).
You can buy these easily from Amazon or your favorite art supplies store.
You could also check out Doug & Melissa crayons which are pure plastic and use a special board for writing on.
For markers, we’ve actually opted for natural paintbrushes with natural paints but you can avoid toxic ingredients and opt for Chartpak and Spectra ADMarkers which are absolutely vegan too.
Final Thoughts On Vegan Drawing Products
You don’t have to be completely vegan to want to avoid animal products where they are not necessary. Many crayons and markers contain animal fats and other products and there’s no need for this.
You can easily find products that use vegan-friendly ingredients that work just as well and which are a whole lot kinder to animals and the planet.
And if you’d like to learn more about vegan products why not listen to the best vegan podcasts? They’re 100% free to enjoy!