Packing Peanuts & Other Material Matters

March 11, 2021

Hello and welcome to this installment of my blog #BehindTheCauldron. I am now almost half way through the #MarchMeetTheMaker challenge for 2021.

Today for the challenge is portrait day (eeek), yesterday was 'small detail' where I shared a post about my packing peanuts and it spurred me on to write a post about the materials I use in my candle shop, a topic that loops back around to my personal and business core values. The Pendle Wick is an extension of myself and my personal beliefs & values as well as a healthy outlet for puns & dad jokes!

Today I am going to answer some of the consumer questions that come my way about my candle making process and the materials I use in The Pendle Wick shop - from the wax all the way to the shipping of your orders out to your doorstep. 

What are your packing peanuts made of? 

Starch-based packing peanuts dissolve in water, which is a good way to dispose of them if they cannot be reused.  These biodegradable packing peanuts are specially designed to decompose completely, making them easier on the environment. They’re also fully recyclable, making them easier to dispose of responsibly.  You want to know another reason why I use these nuts? I have three dogs who love to shred packaging and snarf down packing peanuts - so if one of them gets into my packing peanuts I have the peace of mind that they aren't going to poison themselves having a dog is like having a toddler - they get into everything and if they are quiet then they are up to no good!

What fragrance oils do you use in your candles? 

I exclusively use one supplier for my candle fragrance.Candle Science Clean Scents TM fragrance are the fragrance oils used  in all of my candles. What does this mean? It means that not only are all the fragrances I use phthalate free but that they are developed by a dedicated team who have high standards of product quality and safety at the forefront of their development. Candle Science is my guarantee of providing you with safe to use candles in your home. 

There are five main “hazard groups” that Candle Science simply don't allow in their fragrance oils.

  Carcinogens: These are materials known or thought to cause cancer. 

✖ Mutagens: Materials that change the DNA of a cell, harming the cell and causing diseases like cancer. 

✖ Reproductive toxins: Toxins that adversely affect reproductive organs and increase the risk of birth defects. 

✖ Organ toxins: These are toxins that can cause adverse effects or disease within specific bodily organs. 

 Acute toxins: Toxins that can cause adverse effects from a single exposure. Generally, this would be accidental exposure like spillage or ingestion.

What wax do you make your candles with? 

All natural soy wax that is ethically sourced from American soy bean farmers. The variant I use is GB 444 Soy Wax. I don't put any additives or preservatives in my candles so the creamy color and texture you get it exactly how it is supposed to look when you buy a candle from The Pendle Wick. 

What about your carbon footprint from shipping?

Sendle are the shipping supplier that I use to print my shipping labels. Your order is then delivered to your door by the USPS. Sendle is a completely carbon neautral shipping solution for small businesses. Here's what they have to say: 

Sendle calculates the highest amount of carbon that could be generated by any given package send. This generates a carbon yield number. Using that number as a guide, we use a portion of each package cost to fund sustainability projects via South Pole.

This partnership enables us to support genuinely world-changing initiatives aimed at preserving and regenerating natural ecosystems, whether it’s restoring endangered rainforest habitats or providing clean water access for communities in Africa. By doing so, we ensure that all Sendle deliveries have a net carbon footprint of zero. Actually zero!

Every year, Sendle's community of business owners are given the chance to vote on which projects will offset Sendle's carbon emissions for the next 12 months.



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