REDUCE, REUSE, RECYCLE

Let me show you why to reduce, how to reuse, and the fun with recycling!

reusing a candle jar as a flower vase

The EPA hasn’t put out any new data about glass recycling since 2017, but this should be enough for you to start recycling glass!

  • In 2017, the amount of new glass produced was 11.4 million tons!
  • In 2017, the amount of recycled glass was 3 million tons.
  • In 2017, the amount of glass that ended up in landfills was 7 MILLION TONS.
  • Recycled glass can be used to produce the same product over and over!
  • Glass packaging's carbon footprint can be dramatically reduced through the use of recycled glass.
  • An estimated 80% of recovered glass containers are made into new glass bottles - and it can happen quickly. A glass container can go from a recycling bin to a store shelf in as little as 30 days!

Ready to start recycling?

Let’s talk about candle wax!

The little bit of wax left over after finally finishing a candle is such a fantastic feeling of accomplishment. You finally did it and burned through that whole candle! Now what? How do you get the wax out so you can reuse the jar? Let's go over steps on how to get wax out.

  1. Place your jar(s) in the freezer overnight. The cold air shrinks the wax, causing it to separate from the jar.
  2. Once you take the jar(s) out, use a butter knife to help separate the wax completely from the jar. Sometimes, depending on how much wax you have left, the wax can come out in a big chunk or you may need to break it into several pieces
  3. Paradox labels are made with vinyl. You can get a corner pried up and peel the label off very easily.
  4. If the metal stand from the wick or the wick sticker is still in tact, submerge the jar in a bowl of hot water for about 10-15 minutes. The stand and or the wick sticker should scrape off very easily.
  5. To get any remaining wax beads or streaks off, place the jar in the microwave for 5-10 second increments, wiping away the wax. Once all the wax is gone wash the jar with warm water and soap. TA-DA! Time to reuse the jar!