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Sustainability / Candle Reuse

 

As Envision Sustainability Professionals it has become ingrained into us to reduce waste where possible by reusing resources to the best of our abilities.  While designing our candles we determined he best usage would be to provide cleaning instructions for how to properly clean the jar for reuse by following these simple steps:

  • Remove as much wax as possible with a butter knife or spoon
  • Place the candle jar in a heat safe bowl or pot on a heat safe surface
  • Pour hot water (Approximately 120F into the bowl or pot  ensuring no water enters the jar
  • Allow the water to soften and melt the wax until it can easily be scraped or wiped out with a paper towel.
  • Wipe the inside of the jar with isopropyl alcohol and wipe clean.
  • Alternatively, you can clean the interior with soap and water but please ensure that no wax goes down your drain pipes.

In an effort to reduce waste on our planet please take every effort to recycle your candle jar!  Please see the list below for ideas on how to reuse your jars:

Reuse your candle jars for herb pots in the kitchen or for flowers throughout the house

By using potting soil and with a little love and care these jars can become sustainable herbs which continue to grow in your kitchen.  This is our favorite way to reuse pots as its great to have fresh herbs for cooking in the kitchen. Please see below for instructions on how to plant seeds in your freshly cleaned container.

STEP 1 - PREPARE YOUR POT
Fill your pot 2/3 full with good potting soil. Tamp down the soil and add more if necessary. You want the pot to be firmly full, but not packed. The seeds can be planted indoors or outside, so you get to choose according to the temperature and conditions at the time of planting (we don't recommend planting outside if it's blizzarding or desert-hot!).

STEP 2 - PLANT THE PAPER

Spread a 1/8 inch layer of soil over the seeds and tamp down gently.

STEP 3 - WATER DURING GERMINATION

After planting the seeds in your pot, give it a good soak. You want the seeds and the soil to be nicely damp but not swimming in water. During the first 10 days, keep the soil moist at all times. The water is necessary for germination.

STEP 4 - CARE AFTER GERMINATION

Once sprouts appear, continue to keep the soil moist but be careful not to overwater. Once sturdy plants appear, water as needed.

If you decide not to utilize your jar for planting purposes please find an alternative usage (they make great desk organizers or flower vases!) for it or we would be happy to accept the jar back if you would like to return it to us. 

We have one Earth and we all need to do our part!