Responsibly Sourced Candles

Responsibly sourced soy candles by Johnston CandlesWe say it a lot: “responsibly sourced candles.”

But that could mean anything. Some people toss that phrase around without really living up to it (or even caring why they should live up to it).

We want you to know that we stand behind all of the responsibly sourced candles that we make — and that we genuinely believe that this is the only way to do business.

So what, exactly, does that term mean? Why should it matter to you? Most importantly, are our candles and all of the materials we use really responsibly sourced?

Responsibly Sourced Candles — The Johnston Candles Way

Responsibly sourced candles are made from materials that promote the health of the American workforce and actively promote environmental protection. We believe in helping our neighbors, preserving vital resources for all of our children, and making sure that we leave trail of positive marks behind us no matter what we’re doing.

About Our Responsibly Sourced Candles

We call our candles “responsibly sourced” because they’re made from US-grown soy wax, which we purchase directly from our 3-hour-away neighbor to the north: Pennsylvania.

The glass containers we use have been surrendered by their former owners, are destined for landfills, or are made in the U.S. We don’t generally purchase new glass (unless there’s something seriously irresistible that’s also made in America).

Why Should You Care about Responsibly Sourced Candles?

You can get great-smelling candles just about anywhere; we even see them in our local grocery store. While they’re attractive and fantastically fragrant, they could be harboring more than one dirty little secret.

If they’re made from paraffin, run. Run the other way.

Paraffin is a byproduct of the petroleum industry (yuck!), and it’s full of harmful toxins, according to a study conducted at South Carolina State University.

“The paraffin candles we tested released unwanted chemicals into the air. For a person who lights a candle every day for years or just uses them frequently, inhalation of these dangerous pollutants drifting in the air could contribute to the development of health risks like cancer, common allergies and even asthma,” said lead researcher Dr. Ruhullah Massoudi, a chemistry professor in the Department of Biological and Physical Sciences. “None of the vegetable-based candles produced toxic chemicals.” 

Why on earth would you subject yourself to that — especially if you’re a candle-lover who enjoys them every day?

Soy candles and all of their components are renewable and biodegradable. That means you enjoy the light, the scent and the time you spend burning them… and then it all disappears. You can enjoy another, and another, and another without increasing the risk for life-threatening diseases (for you and for the planet).

Responsibly Sourced Candles: The Way to Go

Candles from the Johnston Candles workshop are cruelty-free, responsibly sourced (see what we mean?), and made from American products in Virginia. We know you’ll love them; we certainly do.