This page contains a Flash digital edition of a book.
organic matters


Lighting the Way with Organic Candles


Organic candles are poised to become the latest in a wave of non-food items that are produced with ingredients from organic farms. The organic movement has been successful in producing foods of every variety that come from sustainable agriculture, and so it has been a natural process to extend the idea to cosmetics, cotton, wool, and other fibers, and now to candle wax.


The rate of change in the candle industry has been extremely rapid in the last ten years. For more than a century, candles have been made from petroleum paraffin wax. Paraffin is made from crude oil and can emit tolu- ene, benzene, formaldehyde and soot when a candle burns. Consequently, some innovative candle makers†in the United States looked for a more natural, healthful and sustainable raw material. They turned their attention to vegetable oil that could be the basis for a new type of candle wax. The first efforts centered around making soybean wax around 1995. Thus, a renewable resource could be used to make vegetable wax that doesn’t emit the harmful aromatic hydrocarbons of petrochemical paraffin smoke.


While the percentage of vegetable wax used in the candle industry is still small, it is the fastest growing sector of the business. Unfortunately, the vegetable waxes that were available in the marketplace were made from conventionally grown soybeans, which are not organic and are grown from GM (Genetically Modified) seeds.


Now, with the introduction of Organic Candle Wax, it will be possible to serve fine organic meals candlelit with organic candles.


But just what is an organic candle? It has to be made from Organic Wax. And Organic Wax must be made from Certified Organic vegetable oil and other Certified Organic Waxes. According to the National Organic Program that became law of the land in October 2002, agricultural products that use the term “Organic” must be produced in accordance with es- tablished organic standards. These standards were designed for foods, and also are being extended to cover practices for fibers such as cotton and wool, and agricultural ingredients in personal care products such as soaps and cosmetics. Organic Candles and


If you want to create atmosphere, light an organic candle! 50 Organic Shopper Spring 2010


Organic Wax are completely new to the marketplace. Lumia Organic, as the first company to make Organic Wax from Organic Palm Oil, is the first to apply for and receive organic certification for candle wax.


But why are organic candles better if they aren’t a food, cosmetic or apparel? Quite simply, the use of Organic Candles supports organic farmers. They need all the help they can get, in the face of giant agribusiness that uses more chemi- cal fertilizers and pesticides each year. Organic agriculture includes agricultural systems that promote the environmentally, socially and economically sound production of agricultural products. These sys- tems make soil fertility the key to successful production. By respect- ing the natural capacity of an eco- system, it aims to optimize quality in all aspects of agriculture and the environment. Organic agriculture attempts to eliminate the use of synthetic fertilizers and pesticides. Organic agriculture adheres to globally accepted principles, which are implemented within local socio- economic and cultural settings.


Page 1  |  Page 2  |  Page 3  |  Page 4  |  Page 5  |  Page 6  |  Page 7  |  Page 8  |  Page 9  |  Page 10  |  Page 11  |  Page 12  |  Page 13  |  Page 14  |  Page 15  |  Page 16  |  Page 17  |  Page 18  |  Page 19  |  Page 20  |  Page 21  |  Page 22  |  Page 23  |  Page 24  |  Page 25  |  Page 26  |  Page 27  |  Page 28  |  Page 29  |  Page 30  |  Page 31  |  Page 32  |  Page 33  |  Page 34  |  Page 35  |  Page 36  |  Page 37  |  Page 38  |  Page 39  |  Page 40  |  Page 41  |  Page 42  |  Page 43  |  Page 44  |  Page 45  |  Page 46  |  Page 47  |  Page 48  |  Page 49  |  Page 50  |  Page 51  |  Page 52  |  Page 53  |  Page 54  |  Page 55  |  Page 56  |  Page 57  |  Page 58  |  Page 59  |  Page 60
Produced with Yudu - www.yudu.com