Have Candles, Will Travel

Last week, Susan and myself (Linda) from the Way Out Wax sales office took a trip to the Whole Foods All Access show in Woburn, MA.  Along the way, we were able to deliver some candle orders and visit some of the wonderful stores that carry our products.  Our first stop was at the Hunger Mountain Co-op in our capital city of Montpelier, VT.  We absolutely love this co-op!  They have an amazing selection of organic produce, local goods and foods, a delicious prepared foods buffet and a fantastic bulk section!  Before we left, we loaded up on some healthy snacks for the road and picked up a few herbal remedies from their health and beauty department.  Here’s a photo of Susan posing with their selection of Way Out Wax products.   Next stop… New Hampshire!  The Lebanon Co-op was our next delivery location.  This is a beautiful, large grocery co-op with tons of variety.  We were ogling their delicious prepared foods section and loved the huge selection of bulk items they offer.  They have a modest Way Out Wax selection within their floral department, which looked and smelled lovely!

We then continued on to Concord, NH, where we visited Bona Fide Green Goods.  We absolutely fell in love with this store’s earth-friendly products for everyday living!  Susan and I oohed and ahhed over a every corner of the store.  We eventually decided to bring home a set of these, one of these, and this, although we each saw at least 10 other things that we wanted!  Of course we also loved that they had a beautiful display of both our Bug Out insect repellent candles and sprays as well as our everyday aromatherapy candles.  So we had to pose with the goods!  Eventually, we made it to our hotel in Woburn and got our booth set up that night.  We had a great 2 days at the show, met lots of friendly folks and got to chat with hundreds of people who share our passion for natural products of all kinds.  It was a great opportunity to tout our own eco-friendly ethics and our true aromatherapy candles.  Did you know that all of our container candles are made with non-GMO soy wax?!  That’s a fact that we were happy to share.  Here are a couple of shots of us in action at the show.Overall, it was a busy but fun few days.  We hope you will stop in to shop at the wonderful stores we visited on our travels (Hunger Mountain Co-op, Lebanon Co-op, Bona Fide Green Goods and Whole Foods) and grab some eco-friendly goods (including Way Out Wax!) for yourself!

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Way Out Wax Candles says GO GREEN!

Step by step we can all come together to make lifestyle changes and go green to  help reduce our negative impact on the environment!  Listed below are a few things we try to do regularly.  We invite you all to like us on Facebook and post what you do to help the Earth!  At the end of May, we’ll choose a random winner who will receive a Bug Out care package to help keep the bugs away the all natural way this summer!

Here’s our list:

  1. Buy local produce that is in season (this way you’ll get the most nutrients possible and support your local farmers).
  2. Use reusable bags when you shop!
  3. Compost.
  4. Hang your laundry outside, instead of using the dryer (when it is not raining).
  5. Insulate your home.
  6. Maintain tire pressure in your car and carpool as much as possible!
  7. Use efficient light bulbs (not to mention turning lights off when they aren’t being used.)
  8. Walk or ride your bike if possible!
  9. Reuse and Recycle.
  10. Plant as many trees as you can!

I’m sure that there are many more creative ways to produce a positive outcome.  That’s why we want you to share your ideas with us! We all need to work together to reverse the damages already done so we can make this world a healthy place for our children!

Celebrate Hemp History Week: May 2-8

Ahhh, wonderful hemp.  One of the reasons we love it so much is because it’s so versatile- it can be used in over 25,000 applications including food, textile/clothing, household, cosmetic, industrial, healing/medicine and of course, CANDLES!  All of our aromatherapy pillars and votive candles contain hemp seed oil, which gives them their beautiful glossy luster and helps to extend their burn time.  Other candle companies use toxic chemicals to get this same effect, but we find that unnecessary and potentially hazardous.  We’re also the makers of the original hemp candle!

This week is Hemp History Week!  We’ve made a special, limited edition candle in support of this great event, and we figured this would be a good time to tout the benefits of hemp and educate folks about this amazing resource.  Did you know that in the 1700’s American farmers were required by law in some colonies to grow hemp?  President Thomas Jefferson even said “Hemp is of greatest importance to our nation.”  It is now illegal in America to grow this plant.  That means that all of these hemp products are being imported when we could be producing them domestically!

Here are some fun and interesting facts about hemp:

  1. Hemp is among the oldest industries on the planet, going back more than 10,000 years to the beginnings of pottery. The Columbia History of the World states that the oldest relic of human industry is a bit of hemp fabric dating back to approximately 8,000 BC.
  2. Presidents Washington, Jefferson and Adams all grew hemp!  So did Henry Ford and many other notable Americans.
  3. Hemp seed is nutritious and contains more essential fatty acids than any other source, is second only to soybeans in complete protein (but is more digestible by humans), is high in B-vitamins, and is a good source of dietary fiber. Hemp seed is not psychoactive and cannot be used as a drug (learn more at TestPledge.com).
  4. The bark of the hemp stalk contains bast fibers, which are among the Earth’s longest natural soft fibers and are also rich in cellulose.  Hemp stalk is not psychoactive. Hemp fiber is longer, stronger, more absorbent and more insulative than cotton fiber.
  5. According to the Department of Energy, hemp as a biomass fuel producer requires the least specialized growing and processing procedures of all hemp products. The hydrocarbons in hemp can be processed into a wide range of biomass energy sources, from fuel pellets to liquid fuels and gas. Development of bio-fuels could significantly reduce our consumption of fossil fuels and nuclear power.
  6. Hemp can be grown organically. Only eight, out of about one hundred known pests, cause problems, and hemp is most often grown without herbicides, fungicides or pesticides. Hemp is also a natural weed suppressor due to fast growth of the canopy.
  7. Hemp produces more pulp per acre than timber on a sustainable basis, and can be used for every quality of paper. Hemp paper manufacturing can reduce wastewater contamination. Hemp’s low lignin content reduces the need for acids used in pulping, and its creamy color lends itself to environmentally-friendly bleaching instead of harsh chlorine compounds. Less bleaching results in less dioxin and fewer chemical by-products.
  8. Hemp fiber paper resists decomposition, and does not yellow with age when an acid-free process is used. Hemp paper more than 1,500 years old has been found.  The Declaration of Independence was drafted on hemp paper.  Hemp paper can also be recycled more times than wood-based paper.
  9. Hemp fiberboard produced by Washington State University was found to be twice as strong as wood-based fiberboard. No additional resins are required due to naturally-occurring lignins.
  10. Eco-friendly hemp can replace most toxic petrochemical products. Research is being done to use hemp in manufacturing biodegradable plastic products: plant-based cellophane, recycled plastic mixed with hemp for injection-molded products, and resins made from the oil, to name a very few examples. Over two million cars on the road today have hemp composite parts for door panels, dashboards, luggage racks, etc.

These facts have been provided to us from the Hemp Industries Association.  We think they’re pretty interesting!  Visit this website to find out about hemp history week events in your area.