A few questions you might have…
What does Filana™ mean?
Filana means "Love of Humanity" and that's our guiding principle. What's good for children, good for you and good for the earth is our goal. We envision our initiative as an educational and artistic resource for teachers, families and children in North America and beyond.
What are Filana™ organic beeswax crayons made from?
Filana™ crayons are made with natural waxes and over 20% certified organic beeswax. We never use petroleum waxes or paraffin. All our ingredients are GMO free. Filana™ crayons contain a special blend of organic and natural petroleum-free waxes, FDA-approved organic and inorganic pigments, and kaolin clay.
Filana™ crayons conform to ASTM D-4236 standard, which indicates Filana™ crayons are certified nontoxic and meet or exceed specific quality standards. Filana™ crayons are CPSIA compliant. They have been tested by an independent laboratory and are certified to be compliant with the the CPSIA (Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act).
Where are they made?
Each one of our crayons is hand-crafted in Langley, Washington. Our crayons are 100% made in the US.
Why do other manufacturers use paraffin and petroleum wax in their “beeswax” crayons?
It's cheap. A whole lot cheaper than beeswax and natural waxes. And it's readily available worldwide because it's used in so many industrial processes. The traditional paraffin crayon formula that Crayola, Stockmar, and other commercial manufacturers use was already common knowledge among manufacturing chemists by the 1930s. In the era of cheap oil and little or no ecological consciousness, paraffin crayons were a logical choice for commercial production.
How did you choose which colors to use for FILANA™ organic beeswax crayons?
We started with a six-color circle, first described by Goethe in his Theory of Colors. From there, we developed an equally-spaced 24-color circle, each color a radiant hue. We also added browns, pastels, white and black. Our colors are transparent and can be mixed to make an infinite number of colors.
The first thing that children say when they use them is often, “They’re so bright! I love these crayons!”
Are Filana™ Organic Beeswax Crayons non-toxic?
All Filana™ crayons have been evaluated by an independent toxicologist and found to contain no known toxic substances in sufficient quantities to be harmful to the human body, even if ingested or inhaled. Filana™ crayons conform to ASTM D-4236 standard, which indicates Filana™ crayons are certified nontoxic and meet or exceed specific quality standards. Filana™ crayons are CPSIA compliant. They have been tested by an independent laboratory and are certified to be compliant with the the CPSIA (Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act). Our crayons are not for children under 3 years of age, as crayons are a choking hazard. Please use with an appropriate level of supervision.