It's great to see homes these days insulated with recycled plastic, recycled glass bottles and bags made from recycled paper. When reusing our waste is so important to maintain a healthy environment, wouldn't it make sense to reuse oils to make our candles?
As candle manufacturers are often asked questions about the candles we use. Consumers are more conscious these days, which is great. Soy wax is definitely on trend right now; It is marketed as a sustainable, renewable resource that is not dependent on fossil fuels. We currently do not use soy wax and we want to tell you why.
TLDR: Simply put, there's a lot to consider regarding ethics between sources, much more than just what they're made of. We want to emphasize the importance of constant questioning. If you are purchasing something for eco-credentials, you should see what information the supplier has provided. Simply saying Eco-Friendly is not enough, nor is it to assume that something comes from being derived from a plant only at its most basic level.
Simply saying 'Eco-friendly' does not make a product Eco-Friendly. It's much more complex than that.
While a soy plant is a natural product, soy wax is not. The plant is grown, distributed, then processed - burned as candles.
If we were to use soy wax right now, we believe it would have a negative global impact rather than a positive environmental benefit.
As we believe every non-essential product should, we use recycled waste to have as little negative impact on our environment and economy as possible.
The 100% soy wax statement can be misleading. A candle using soy wax is processed (like other candles) and may contain additives (like other candles) to make it burn.
There is no substantial, scientifically supported evidence to prove that soy wax burns in any way less harmful or cleaner than other types of candles.
Soybean grown on an industrial scale has numerous adverse environmental and socio-economic impacts. Just because it's a plant doesn't make it environmentally friendly.
Look behind Buzzwords
It's easy to jump on the wagon with eco-friendly buzzwords, but what do they really mean? The effect of using the same resource from one source can be completely different if you obtained it from elsewhere. The processes by which it is harvested and made may differ, and the distance it travels must also be taken into account. A product and the material it's made from are different things, and the journey from how one arrives to the next can be complex. Natural and organic are two different things, so is soy and soy wax.
Try not to accept broad statements such as 'great for agriculture' or 'it is a renewable resource'.' if they are not followed by evidence. Try to collect various opinions and consider the reasons behind them. Most importantly, remember the process and the evidence is always changing.