Young people from Oaxaca create sustainable crayons

During the sixth edition of the Young Entrepreneur Forestry contest, of the Civil Association Reforestamos Mexico, the students belonging to the Forestry Education and Training Center (CECFOR) No 2. in Oaxaca, were granted an honorable mention by the innovation, creativity, and design of your Crayobambú project.

The young students of forest communities, granted by the National Forestry Commission (CONAFOR), created crayons made from beeswax and colors extracted from natural vegetal products covered with bamboo, which allows greater resistance, avoiding breakage and easy wear of the crayons.

In addition, its impact on the environment is lower than that of common crayons, due to the raw material used and the production process.

The members are Lizeth Mirian Ramírez García from the municipality of Santa María Atzompa, Eunice Jezabel Heredia Quiroz from Tlacolula de Matamoros, Rocío Pascual Fabián from Santa Cruz Xoxocotlán and Virginia Martínez Pacheco from San Juan Lachao, all from the state of Oaxaca. Technical baccalaureate students, together with their advisor, Heriberta Aguilar Ortiz, competed with projects from students from Mexico, Ecuador, Guatemala, Paraguay and Colombia, whose objective was to present an innovation to add knowledge towards sustainable use of the forest regions of Latin America.

In the contest, the team “Gaia, Esencias y Aromas” won the first place, from the Universidad Técnica del Norte, Quito, Ecuador. The award was presented by the General Director of the Bimbo Daniel Servitje Group, who congratulated the winners and all the contestants.

The General Director of CONAFOR, León Jorge Castaños, presented the prize to the winning team of the category “Mexico”, “Wood block”, of the Higher Technological Institute of Perote, Veracruz; who presented a technology to produce blocks of sawdust friendly to the environment for the construction industry.

León Jorge Castaños pointed out the need to continue working on preventive measures for forest fires, stop deforestation, and eradicate illegal logging.

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This article was written by Ian Hayden Parker, Oaxaca Life staff writer, the leading source for English news in Oaxaca, Mexico.