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Candles, gifts, resource use and pollution

Candles, Ecublens, Switzerland

Candles are a popular gift at Christmas time and at other times of the year but do we stop to consider any of the potential negative aspects. What negative aspects?

Well there’s health for a start. How can you be sure that the candle you buy does not release toxins when it is burnt? Do you check or just assume that it’s OK?

Resource use. Remember there are 8,000,000,000 of us. The candles on the left of this photo are wrapped in plastic so what will happen to it? Th ones on the right are in glass so what becomes of the containers? Will they be used once and then thrown away or smashed up and recycled? Either way a one way journey and usage uses an awful lot of resources and energy. And what of tea lights either in plastic or metal. What happens to all that plastic or metal once they are used?

So do candles need to be wrapped in anything? It’s a question that must be addressed as part of the larger one in how we use the planet’s limited resources and energy in a sustainable way.

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Author: Paul Noël

Author of books for children. Eight published so far and working on several others.

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