Things we do to help the planet
We make beeswax candles to help reduce the use of candles that create toxic fumes.
For example, Paraffin wax (most popular candles have some paraffin wax) is a by-product of diesel fuel so they create horrible toxic fumes when burnt- bad for you and the planet.
We are, though, also passionate about how our business affects the environment. The following are just some of the things we do the help reduce our affects on the world"
Certified organic beeswax, because it causes no harm to the planet.
Certified organic means there is no synthetic pesticides, hormones and antibiotics in our beeswax or in the processes in the making of our candles. This means when you burn our candles your home has no toxic fumes.
Organic beekeeping is also good for the planet, no chemicals are used in the beehives and in the sheds. The bees are pasture fed (national parks and farm free areas) so they feed on chemical free flowers. Cruelty free- all our beekeepers are second and third generation, so they look after the bees. It all adds up to healthy bees and the best beeswax and honey.
We are powered by 100% renewable energy.
To ensure our business is sustainable we use 100% renewable energy. This comes from wind and solar, so we tread lightly on the planet.
It would be so much easier to make our candles with machines (like most other beeswax candles made today).
But machine-made candles have no soul. A handmade candle has a little bit of the maker in it. Made with good intent.
Handmade also saves a huge amount of power and the planets resources. More details of our hand crafting methods are here in our blog.
A few things we do to recycle and reduce waste:
- Very little product packaging. Fancy packaging is nice for a brief moment you first see the box, then it becomes a waste. We decided to keep our packaging to the bare essentials (more for protection than making it “pretty” ) so you don’t have to worry about the waste.
- Plastic free packaging. We use a product called Green Wrap so no need for bubble wrap.
- Recycled packing materials. We try to use as many recycled boxes or boxes made from recycled materials as possible. Inside the boxes you receive you might find recycled paper or environmentally friendly padding (we love packing materials made from potatoes ) to make sure the candles arrive safely.
- We do not use aluminum or plastic holders for our tea lights. We give reusable glass holders with our tea lights. Using aluminum or plastic holders is environmentally un-friendly and we are not sure how safe it can be when you burn a candle in them.
We try to encourage everyone to help nature were possible. We give away free organic seeds to encourage people to grow more flowers in their backyards. This is a simple way to help the local bees (go here for more details and a free packet of seeds.)
If one of our lanterns is damaged , we are happy to repair it. This saves resources and ensures you can continue to use your Happy Flame products.
If we can’t repair it we will “trade-in”/ recycle the beeswax so you can afford to buy another one.
We would love to hear from you and any more ideas on how you help the planet, email, phone, or any of the social media.
Anca and Peter