Candles That Care: The Environmental Impact of Sustainable Choices

Candles That Care: The Environmental Impact of Sustainable Choices

It is important that all of us put in the effort to take care of our planet. With all of the damage that has been done from pollution and over consumption, we need to come together as a collective to fix it. You can do this by making sure to recycle and compost, taking the bus instead of driving to work, and making sure to buy more sustainable and safe products. At Ebony & Ivory Candle Co. we do our part to make sure all of our products are sustainable, and are safe for you and the environment. We love our Canadian roots and want to make sure our company would never do anything to hurt our country's beautiful environment. We use soy wax and cotton wicks to ensure a clean burn experience, avoiding harmful chemicals from being exposed into the atmosphere. We use recyclable glass candle jars to avoid any plastic waste. We also use 100% phthalate free fragrance oils. All of our luxury candles are handmade in Lethbridge Alberta to ensure every candle is sustainable and made with love. 

 Soy wax makes for an incredible eco friendly candle, not only is it great for the environment, it smells amazing too! That's because soy wax has a better scent throw, meaning more scent will be released into the air making the entire room smell incredible. Paraffin wax is common among large candle corporations and is terrible for the environment. Burning paraffin wax releases awful chemicals into the air, including petroleum. Petroleum is a chemical used to produce gasoline. It releases other chemicals that can cause breathing problems for people with asthma. None of that is an issue with soy wax, it is clean and doesn’t release those gross chemicals. Paraffin wax can also cause soot to build up around the room over time. If you are a frequent candle burner, you might want to take one of the picture frames off the wall. If there is a dark residue wrapped around where the picture frame was, then the candles you have been using are made with paraffin wax. Soy wax candles produce 90 percent less soot than paraffin wax so soot on your walls should not be something to worry about. To ensure our candles burn safe we also use cotton wicks. Other candles may contain synthetic wicks that also release those terrible toxins. We want to make sure our candles are enjoyable to smell and won’t ruin the environment.

The type container that a candle has been poured into is a crucial thing to know if you are trying to be environmentally conscious. Once you are out of wax, you are stuck with this random jar that you don’t know what to do with. Thankfully we use recyclable glass jars so that isn’t an issue, you can simply throw them into the recycling bin without having to worry. We also use classic black and white jars so if you are wanting to repurpose the jars for something else they are chic and classic to perfectly blend in with your decor. Take some rubbing alcohol and a cloth to help take the label off. You can easily use these jars as a plant pot or as a cute organiser for your bathroom or desk. We also offer candle refill kits for all your favourite scents. Make sure when you are done with the candle there is still about a centimetre of wax left in the candle, burning all of the wax can cause the jar to break. To get rid of the rest of the wax, put the candle into the freezer overnight, the wax should just pop out after that. Then they are ready to be refilled. The candle refill kits allow for you to enjoy a candle over and over without having to buy a brand new candle. The refill kit is also a fun project for anyone who enjoys a good craft. 

We use 100% phthalate free fragrance oils for all of our scented products. Phthalates are terrible for both humans and the environment. Phthalates can cause hormone disruption for wildlife, resulting in reproduction issues. This is especially a problem for endangered species. This type of hormonal effect is also possible on humans as well. If you are someone who suffers from headaches from fragrance, there is a good chance the product you are using contains phthalates. Exposure to phthalates can cause infertility, asthma, and pregnancy complications. You might be wondering why anyone would wanna put phthalates in a candle, phthalate fragrances can help provide a better scent throw, but this is only needed for paraffin wax. Soy wax candles with phthalate free fragrance oil will have a scent that is even stronger. It will fill your space with a clean and healthy aroma.

Now you are an expert on how to be more sustainable and eco friendly while still enjoying luxury candles. This knowledge can help you become a better shopper. Now that you know this information you might want to take a peak at all of your candles lying around your house and make sure they are safe. If you are wanting to stock up on 100% soy wax and phthalate free candles Ebony & Ivory is the place to go. All of our products are handmade locally in Lethbridge Alberta. You can find our products online and in store at our Lethbridge Alberta store located in Park Place Mall, as well as our Medicine Hat store located in Medicine Hat Mall.

We hope you enjoy your clean candles,
Ebony & Ivory Candle Co.

Back to blog