Candles have been used for centuries to provide light and fragrance to our homes. They add warmth and create a cosy atmosphere, making them an essential part of our daily lives. However, with the rise of environmental awareness, it's crucial to consider the impact that candle making has on our planet. Sustainable candle making practices can help to reduce the carbon footprint of this traditional art form, preserving our environment for future generations.
One of the most significant environmental concerns of candle making is the use of paraffin wax. Paraffin wax is derived from petroleum, a non-renewable resource that contributes to air pollution and the release of toxic chemicals into the environment during its production process. In contrast, sustainable candles are made from plant-based waxes such as soy, beeswax, or coconut wax, which are biodegradable, non-toxic, and renewable. These sustainable waxes also burn cleaner and produce less soot, making them a safer and healthier choice for both you and the environment. As most of you will know, as a vegan brand, we use soy wax.
Another important aspect of sustainable candle making is the use of natural fragrance oils. Synthetic fragrance oils often contain harmful chemicals that are released into the air when burned. These fragrances can cause irritation to the eyes, skin, and respiratory system, and some may even be toxic.
One final part of sustainable candle production is the packaging. Typically, many brands have included non-renewable plastics within their outer packaging, but finally now more brands are beginning to switch to biodegradable solutions, with eco-friendly inks.
When shopping for your candles, please bear in mind their sustainability credentials, and slowly together, we will change the industry to be fully sustainability friendly.