Isn't THIS a loaded topic? I mean, come on. I sell candles - paraffin candles, in an attempt to make enough money to stay home when my maternity leave is up. So this topic is very near and dear to my heart, and has caused me some deep thought and will require further soul-searching if I am to continue.
Here's a quote from a blog I read, Crunchy Domestic Goddess:
"For those of you not intimately knowledgeable about standard paraffin candles, paraffin is essentially hydrocarbon, or a heavy alkane fraction distilled straight from crude oil. Even if 80% of your electricity comes from coal and fossil fuel fired power stations, burning candles is very polluting and certainly very greenhouse gas and carbon dioxide emissions intensive, even more so than electric lighting. In other words, for every paraffin candle that is burned to replace electric lighting during Earth Hour, greenhouse gas emissions over the course of the one hour are increased by 9.8 g of carbon dioxide."
This quote is actually from Crunchy Chicken. Thanks.
So - in an attempt to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, people may burn candles. But in this process, they actually contribute MORE to pollution if they burn paraffin candles. Ouch.
I've had my reservations about paraffin for a little while, now. I've wondered, since PL's candles burn clean and nothing is left in the container when it's gone, WHERE DOES IT GO? I can see the benefits of beeswax candles. And maybe soy, but I have yet to do any research on emissions in that respect. Burning ANYTHING is bad, I imagine.
Hmmm. To sell or not to sell? Kind of makes my entire life into a big hypocritical mess, doesn't it? Thoughts?