Candles

Candles | Credit: VMonte 13 on Pixabay

Includes companies for whom at least 80% of sales are candles and candle making supplies; candle manufacturers; candle scents

Company 

Required:  

  • Business core purpose includes a “green” business function.  
  • Social and environmental mission and vision statement for your business on website. 

Materials Used 

Required: 

  • No paraffin used 
  • If soy, then non-GMO 
  • Only scented with essential oils.
  • If candle fragrance used, full ingredients discussed, no phthalates 
  • Palm oil is OK if Fair Trade or organic 
  • Disclosure of fragrance ingredients on website 

Manufacturing Of Candles 

Required 

  • Commitment to sustainable labor practices and continuous improvement and transparency in the process. 
  • Country of manufacture(s) disclosed on all products unless everything comes from one country and it is stated clearly on the front page of the website. 
  • Code of conduct in place that addresses social and environmental factory conditions with enforcement mechanism. 
  • Owned factories have an established worker representation mechanism.  
  • Owned factories pay a wage that ensures workers well-being. 
  • Commitment to a transparent supply chain including sub-contracting.   
  • Long-term contracts with contracted manufacturers. 

Preferred: 

  • Owned and/or contracted factories are certified fair labor or fair trade. 
  • Owned/contracted factories are unionized.  
  • Disclosed factory list publicly available.  
  • Factory labor is paid a living a wage. 

Product Packaging:  

Required  

  • Environmentally and socially positive packaging.  
  • Packaging is recyclable or compostable. 
  • Packaging components are from recycled sources and used at minimum. 

Preferred:  

  • Packaging can be taken back for reuse. 

Product Shipping & Company Transportation: 

Required:  

  • Program in place to reduce emissions from company vehicles. 
  • Works with distributors that take steps to reduce emissions from vehicles and shipping. 

Preferred: 

  • Company is an EPA SmartWay partner or affiliate.  
  • Company Works with distributors who are EPA SmartWay partners or affiliates.  

Company Employment: 

Required: 

  • Employees have access to family friendly benefits including high-quality health insurance, sick days, paid parental leave and childcare help. 
  • Offer a flexible workplace culture that encourages work/life balance and makes reasonable accommodations for telecommuting and flex schedules. 
  • Pays a wage that ensures employees well-being. 
  • Has an established non-discrimination policy and procedure, and ensures an inclusive workplace culture. 
  • Governs fairly and in a transparent manner. Is open to employee input. Has a whistle blower protection policy in place. 

Preferred: 

  • Living wage is paid. 
  • Has an established program that invests in employee growth and development. 

Education: 

Required: 

  • Educates consumers on how to properly dispose of product at end of life-cycle. 
  • Use transparent and truthful marketing. 
  • Advocate for green business practices in your industry. 
  • Established program for receiving input from both internal and external stakeholders.  

Preferred:

  • Established take back program for end of product life-cycle. 
  • Actively seeks feedback from industry peers and participates in industry associations and mentor programs. 

Green Office/Facility  

Required: 

  • HVAC system well-maintained, building well-insulated, and smart and efficient climate control employed.
  • System in place for reducing electricity consumption from lighting and electronics. 
  • Use of Energy Star rated appliances and CFL/LED light bulbs in office. 
  • Use of 100% post-consumer recycled, Chlorine Free paper in the office and in all envelopes, marketing, and print materials. 
  • Systems in place for reducing paper use such as electronic processes, printers set with double sided printing as the default, and more. 
  • Use of only non-toxic cleaning and pest control products. 
  • Maximum amount of waste is reused or recycled including paper, plastic, metals, glass, electronics, and printer ink cartridges. 
  • Action on clean energy such as purchase of Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs) or use of on-site clean energy. 
  • Compost all food waste. 
  • Landscaping done with sustainability in mind, especially considering runoff and stormwater management. 
  • Only fair trade and USDA certified organic coffee and tea served in the office. 
  • Use of green or local caterers for events. 
  • Use of a certified E-Steward for electronics recycling.