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  • Are Candles Bad for the Environment

    Are Candles Bad for the Environment? 

    Well, it depends!! Candles can have both positive and negative effects on the environment, depending on the type of wax used, the wicks, where the materials are sourced and how they are made.

    • Candle Wax. Plant-based wax candles such as soy, coconut or rapeseed waxes with sustainable wood wicks are the best for the environment whereas petroleum derived paraffin wax is the least positive for the environment.
    • Packaging. The packaging for candles is also important. For example, all Felinfach candles are packaged in recyclable, biodegradable boxes and are plastic free.

    So, are candles bad for the environment? Well, it really does depend. Candles made from plant-based waxes, with wood wicks or eco-friendly cotton wicks with plastic free packing are not bad for the environment.

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    Best Candles for the Environment

    Plant-Based Natural Waxes (Including Beeswax)

    The best candles for the environment are those that are made with natural, sustainable ingredients. These include:

    • Beeswax candles: Beeswax is a natural, renewable resource that is produced by bees. It is a clean-burning wax that produces a pleasant, natural aroma. Beeswax candles are also biodegradable and can be composted.
    • Soy wax candles: Soy wax is another natural, renewable resource that is made from soybeans. It is a clean-burning wax that produces a long-lasting burn. Soy wax candles are also biodegradable and can be composted.
    • Coconut wax candles: Coconut wax is a natural, sustainable wax that is made from coconut oil. It is a clean-burning wax that produces a long-lasting burn. Coconut wax candles are also biodegradable and can be composted.
    • Rapeseed Wax: Rapeseed wax is a natural wax made from the seeds of the rapeseed plant. It is a renewable resource and is a sustainable alternative to paraffin wax. Rapeseed wax has a high melting point, which makes it ideal for container candles. It also has a low smoke point, which makes it a safe choice for candles.

    These plant-based candle waxes (also including beeswax) all have a clean burn and emit lower levels of toxins and soot into your home. However, it's important to note that even plant-based and beeswax candles can have negative environmental impacts if they are produced unsustainably.

    Candle Wicks

    It is also important to consider the candle wicks. Many wicks contain lead and to be the most environmentally friendly, choose lead-free wicks or sustainably sourced wooden wicks

    Least Environmentally Friendly Candle Waxes

    Parafin Waxes

    Traditional paraffin candles, which are made from petroleum, can release harmful pollutants such as benzene and toluene into the air when burned. Additionally, paraffin wax is not a sustainable, renewable resource.


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    Last updated 11th March 2024

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