After I wrote my last post, I wrote an email to Crayola about their change in the markers. I received an email response today. It sounds like they have gotten the message, so hopefully I can continue to use Crayola markers!
Here is their response:
"Thank you for your recent inquiry. During our 2010 back-to-school season, we introduced Crayola(R) markers made from plastic bottle caps. The combination of all different bottle caps resulted in black marker barrels. This initiative increased the amount of recycled plastic that could be used, giving a second life to more than 1 million pounds of plastic bottle caps. We greatly value consumer input like yours, and in response, are now introducing our 2nd generation recycled marker with a white barrel and colored graphics, for ease in matching the color with the cap. Recycled material will continue to be used to manufacture the black end plugs. Depending on store inventory, you could begin to find the white barrel markers on store shelves by the time you head back to school. Additionally, this year, we will expand our solar farm allowing a half-billion Crayola markers made in the USA to be produced using power from the sun! Again, we appreciate your feedback and the opportunity to make changes to better fulfill our consumers' needs. Best wishes for a colorful future! Colorfully yours, xxxx (She did sign her name...just don't think that is necessary to post here) Consumer Affairs Representative CRAYOLA"