Social and Environmental Initiatives
In our beautiful corner of British Columbia Canada, we are surrounded by soaring mountain peaks, a crystal clear lake, diverse wildlife and a multitude of wildflowers, trees and foliage. Living in this area makes it easy for us to stay close to nature and focus on being environmentally friendly. Customers can rest assured we encourage sustainable business and manufacturing practices when making 100% Pure Beeswax Honey Candles® Every day we choose sustainable alternatives to help support a clean and healthy lifestlye at home and work.
Here's a snap-shot of what we do:
- Life Candle Program– We re-melt remnant beeswax into recyclable tins and send the candles to families in need around the world.
- Reuse boxes wherever possible Use boxes made with recycled fibre. Ship on reused pallets we reclaim ourselves. Consolidate US shipments to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
- Select wooden crates that are value added mill-ends made by a local craftsman.
- Choose local suppliers for everything from wooden displays to advertising Installed a double-insulated floor to maximize the benefits of in-floor heating.
- Recycle hot water for pre-heated candle moulds Use unheated storage where possible. Our shop is designed to maximize the use of snowfall during the winter for insulation. Every 10 inches of snow is equal to 1 inch of insulation. Some winters we have 10 feet of snow stacked on the side. We use an energy efficient heat recovery ventilation (HRV) system to reduce heat loss.
- Print on both sides of the page (or communicate paperlessly via the net).
- Turn lights and computers off when not in use. Print on post-consumer recycled paper.
- Print our catalog on recycled paper.
- Community Paper Recycling Program–We placed a recycling bin at our local depot to collect clean, used packing materials and shredded paper to reuse in shipping. This project diverts 14,000 lbs of paper from local landfills per year.
Honey Candles® staff are also committed to sustainable practices, they:
- Carpool to work
- Grow vegetable gardens
- Collect and irrigate with rainwater
- Compost kitchen scraps
- Buy food in bulk Generally avoid over-packaging and single use or disposable products
- Use cloth shopping bags
- Walk or bike instead of driving when possible
- Choose low-flow toilets and energy efficient appliances
- Launder with cold water
- Enjoy quiet evenings by candlelight
Programs and Charities we support: