Our Commitment to the Environment
An Honest Approach
We operate on a very transparent basis, so here you will not find claims that our products will save the world – no ‘greenwashing’ here! We have thoroughly researched the materials available and have chosen these on the basis of price and their environmental impact.
Candles are a luxury – they have an impact on the environment!
There is no way of escaping this fact, but many companies try and ease your conscience. Here we detail what we use and why it is the best environmental choice.
We use tins because as well as being significantly cheaper than glass (not only to buy, but to ship and no breakages!), glass has a significantly larger impact than tins. Our tins are made from tinplate, which is steel with a thin coating of tin. They are 100% recyclable but weigh approximately 1/8th as much as a similarly sized glass container. This means that shipping these is not only much cheaper but also much greener. Consequently, we do not need to use the excessive packaging materials required to protect glass, and we provide a lid for good measure (which keeps your candles smelling amazing). So, please, when you’ve finished burning one of our candles, scoop out any remaining wax, pull the wick out and pop the tin in the metal recycling bin!
You may have heard about ‘natural’ wax and ‘mineral’ wax. The truth is that all waxes are ‘natural’, although any wax usable in a candle has been significantly processed from its original form. We use a mineral wax blend, this is used by most high-end candle manufacturers, as quite simply, it performs significantly better.
There are also considerable environmental concerns surrounding some ‘natural’ waxes, such as soy. Soy crop growth has been linked with Amazon deforestation, and whilst it is possible to get soy wax which is grown in a more sustainable way, all soy grown for wax is genetically modified and still has other environmental impacts. Growing soy (or any other crop) for wax rather than food has ethical issues, and soy wax requires 6 tons of soya beans to be grown in order to make 1 ton of wax. The soy beans also have to be soaked in hexane (a by-product of the petrochemicals industry) in order to turn them into wax – so any argument that soy is ‘cleaner’ than mineral wax is rather redundant.
We choose to use mineral wax because not only is it significantly better performing (there is not much difference in price), but because it is a by-product of the oil industry. Whilst it may not be renewable, it is coming out of the ground either way when we drill for oil to turn into fuels, plastics and other things that our society is currently built around. If the paraffin was not turned into wax, it would have to be dumped or burned – which does happen with some other by-products which cannot be processed into useful things. We know it is far from perfect, but in our imperfect world we believe it is the best option when making candles.
We use high quality oils manufactured in the UK. Oil is the most expensive part of the candle (typically 60-65% of the total cost). By using a high quality, locally produced oil we can use less of it and reduce the environmental impact of shipping. Most of our oil suppliers are actually based in Scotland, and shipped with carbon-neutral couriers! We do not use pure EO, as these are rarely suitable for use in candles, and can pose health risks if used by people without the proper training. They will never give as good results in candles, and many have environmental concerns surrounding the way they are harvested. The fragrance oils we use have been carefully manufactured to work superbly in candles whilst being safe. The hazard labels that we attach as a legal requirement relate to touching/consuming the wax/oil mix – something you shouldn’t be doing! The oils are safe to burn, although do check for any allergens listed.