Kitpas was founded in Japan in 1937 as a manufacturer of regular chalks, and has been making quality art materials for over 80 years. Kitpas chalk products began as regular hard white chalks made from calcium carbonate, which soon became the preferred brand for many schools and businesses.
In 1967 Kitpas expanded their production and added a factory in Bibai-shi, Hokkaido. Bibai-shi, which translates to, “beautiful shell city,” actually had massive waste piles of scallop shells that were causing serious environmental issues. Shells contain calcium carbonate, and Kitpas wanted to help find ways to reuse and recycle scallop shells in their chalk production. With the help of the local government, they developed a patented process to recycle seashell byproducts.
Aside from the positive environmental impact, the use of recycled powdered shells have the additional benefit of making Kitpas Chalks stronger, smoother, and longer lasting!