We know there's a lot of "greenwashing" out there, so we want to be as transparent as possible about our eco-friendly efforts with you. Below are a few ways that Light by Liv ensures our products and practices are environmentally friendly, and we're always seeking new and better ways to make our products even more sustainable.
Our candle and wax melt wax is made from the meat of organic Coconuts blended with a small amount of plant waxes like Soy and Palm. We're not going to lie - there is virtually no candle wax that is 100% eco-friendly as they all go through a refining process in order to be burnable and the raw materials may contribute to deforestation to varying extents. Coconut wax is one of the most environmentally friendly and sustainable waxes however - it has a low environmental impact compared to other waxes because the coconuts have a very high yield rate per acre, a fast renewal and do not require pesticides or fertilizer. While Soy and Palm waxes are less environmentally friendly due to the mass production, deforestation and water contamination from pesticide use, unfortunately pure Coconut wax is too soft for candle use and would melt in even low temperatures. We use the minimal amount of Soy wax necessary to harden up our wax. The alternative to Soy or Palm would be Paraffin wax, which we choose to stay away from entirely as it is a byproduct of petroleum and crude oil mining, which is highly unsustainable, non-renewable and responsible for the disruption of many land and marine ecosystems, harmful oil spills and more.
We offset our carbon emissions via monthly donations to Terrapass - who in turn funds projects across the world that help destroy greenhouse gases and produce renewable energy.
One Tree Planted
For every order placed on our website - we plant one tree via OneTreePlanted at the end of each month!
The wooden wicks used in our candles come from FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) certified, responsibly managed mills and are manufactured in the USA. All other wicks are made from cotton with a natural coating and are completely lead and zinc free.
Where possible, most of our product labels and other paper materials are printed on sustainable hemp paper. Made from the pulp from hemp plants and recycled post-consumer waste, production of this material requires fewer and less toxic chemicals than wood paper and helps slow deforestation. Hemp is also a faster growing resource and can be recycled more times than regular wood paper!
Not only are our products made with sustainable ingredients and practices in mind, but our packaging is too. From the box to the labels and even the ribbon, everything we use to package our products is made with environmentally friendly materials such as FSC-certified recycled papers and plastics, hemp paper, soy based inks, and more. You can compost the box, crinkle cut filling, cornstarch packing peanuts, tissue paper, sticker and postcard, and recycle the packing tape and ribbon (which is made from recycled plastics). During the warmer weather, we may add extra protection to your products in the form of cooling bubble wrap, made from recycled FDA approved plastic and foil.
We work hard to find the most eco-friendly vessels for our products while maintaining safety regulations and protocols. Our candles are created in recyclable, BPA free metal tins that double as great storage containers once you've finished your candle! Our body oils and room sprays are produced in recyclable glass containers with the minimum amount of recyclable plastic possible (the caps). Keep any eye out for room spray refills coming soon too!
We sometimes use natural essential oils in some of our body oils and room sprays, however, we usually avoid the use of them, especially in our candles, for a few reasons. Firstly, essential oils give off less fragrance throw than fragrance oils (FO) when burning, and thus the candles can quickly become very expensive to increase the scent. Many essential oils also do not react well to heat - they can become toxic when burnt or even combust if too much oil is present. There are several essential oils that are extremely toxic and even fatal to pets such as cats, dogs and birds, as well, if inhaled, ingested or applied to their skin. And finally - many essential oils are just not super sustainable. For example, it takes around 10,000 pounds of rose petals to create just 1 pound of rose oil! That's a lot of land and water used when you can get the same great scent from our non-toxic FO's. We do our best to stay up to date on endangered or threatened plants in order to make better, more informed choices about the scents we use and whether to use natural essential oils or non-toxic fragrance oils.