In winter there’s nothing like a candle to transform darkness into coziness. But did you know that certain candles release toxins into the air when burned?
How to make the change
Avoid candles made of paraffin, and try to find organic non-GMO soy candles. If you’re the crafty type you can even make your own. Another option is beeswax candles, which are known for their natural cleansing effect on indoor air. However, the production of beeswax candles can contribute to decreasing bee populations, so this option comes with a clear downside. Pure stearin is another option. Make sure it’s 100% vegetable stearin made from sustainably sourced palm oil.
Why make the change
Paraffin is a byproduct of petroleum, a non-renewable source. Paraffin candles are often bleached with chemicals and can contain byproducts from the meat industry. When burned, scented candles can emit chemicals into the air that have been linked to damage to the brain, lung and central nervous system, as well as developmental difficulties. Soy and beeswax, on the other hand, are biodegradable and non-toxic.
Be a climate ninja
Use no candles at all. Yeah, this is a bit dull. But hey, climate ninjas make sacrifices. Maybe there are other ways to get into that cozy mode. Or use it for special occasions only. And if it’s the scent you like, you can always burn essential oil instead.