November 10, 2010 by jknapton, under Soy Candles.
Candles have been used for centuries for many different purposes. People light candles to set the mood for things like prayer, meditation and romance. Even if electrical lighting has advanced leap years in terms of technical quality over the last century, candles are still very much in use today. However, most candles manufactured in the present are made from paraffin, a synthetic petrochemical, and these things are not exactly safe or sustainable. A research conducted by a team from the South Carolina State University revealed that petroleum-based candles like those made from paraffin emit toxic chemicals like toluene and benzene. If you are an eco-conscious consumer, you might want to look into other sustainable choices. In the case of choosing candles, organic soy candles are definitely the better option. They are not only healthier for you, they are also definitely healthier for the environment; the South Carolina State University researchers found out that candles made from soybeans do not emit toxic chemicals. Summarized below are the health and environmental benefits of opting for organic soybean candles: Organic soy candles tend to burn longer and the flame they create is cooler than those made by paraffin wax candles. They also don’t release black soot when burned and emit only a light-colored smoke. When traditional candles produce black soot, chemicals, including potential carcinogens, are also released. You don’t want yourself inhaling these things so opting for organic soy candles is a wise decision. Real, environmentally friendly cleaning products are labeled “natural” because they are composed of non toxic cleaning substances usually from plant-based material. In the same way, organic soy candles are considered natural because they are made from soybeans, not from chemical components. Safe, organic candles do not contain chemicals like toluene, benzene and lead. They also contain only natural fragrances from essential herbal oils. Organic soy candles as a fuel source are much more sustainable than petroleum-based fuels like kerosene. Because they are made from soybeans, which can be replanted over time, organic soy candles can be considered as a renewable energy resource. Opting for organic soy candles helps to preserve good air quality and lessens your risk of developing asthma and allergies. Organic soy candles are also often easy to clean and are washable with soap and water. They are practical, inexpensive and come in many different shapes and sizes to suit your needs. So go environment friendly, choose organic soy candles today.