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Clean Candles: Sustainable Production, Ethical Sourcing & Carbon-Neutrality

by Grace Anzano on Feb 22, 2021

Clean Candles: Sustainable Production, Ethical Sourcing & Carbon-Neutrality

All of Bones & Co.'s candles are hand poured using a premium coconut soy wax. Our wax is sustainably and ethically sourced in the United States. Our fragrances are phthalate and sulfate free. We believe that natural is beautiful, which is why we don't use any dyes or additives to our candles. Our celestial line has all natural, organic dried herbs and roots for their healing properties. We also use untreated pure wooden wicks, our wicks are truly the star of the show! We use eco-friendly, clean-burning, wooden wicks made from FSC Certified Wood that are hand-crafted and made in the USA. 

Clean burning candles are extremely important to us. When you bring something Bones & Co. into your home you can rest assured that it is safe to burn - no toxic fumes or chemicals. Unlike cotton wicks which are often treated with harmful chemicals that pollute the air when burned, our wooden wicks burn clean. They are FSC certified which ensures that they come from responsibly managed forests that provide environmental, social and economic benefits. Each component of our clean burning Coconut Soy candles reflect our passion for the eco-friendly products made under ethical working conditions. It is important for us to source all elements for our candles from wholesalers who are socially and environmentally responsible, who pay their employees fair, livable wages and who have systems in place to help offset carbon emissions. 

When you shop at Bones & Co. you have the option to use ShopPay. ShopPay offers carbon neutral shipping in efforts to halt climate change. When you download the Shop app, you can track orders, follow shop profiles, manage payments and actually see your impact on reducing carbon emissions. 

The more carbon dioxide we have in our atmosphere, the higher the earth’s temperature becomes. Every day, trees absorb carbon dioxide from the air. But the trouble is, our fragile forests can't keep up with our growing emissions. By protecting trees from logging, pests, and forest fires, we can offset the carbon emissions produced by every Shop Pay delivery. Climate change is one of the biggest challenges of our time. And we know carbon-neutral deliveries can't stop it. But by empowering a community of thoughtful shoppers, we can inspire and promote deeper conversations. For us, Shop better doesn't just mean a faster, more convenient way to shop. It also means making it easier for you to make a better choice for the planet every time you check out with Shop Pay. Funded by Shopify's Sustainability Fund, carbon-neutral deliveries are part of the larger environmental commitment we’ve made to do better for you and our planet.

Shop calculates the carbon emitted from the delivery of your order and then translates those emissions into the number of trees we need to protect to offset the carbon.

The carbon emissions are estimated based on transportation method, package weight, and delivery distance:

  • Transportation method - We calculate the speed of the delivery based on the time between checkpoints, and then select the most logical transportation method between long flight, short flight, or truck. Each transportation method is associated with a different level of carbon emissions.
  • Package weight - We use the measured weight of a package when it’s available, and if it’s not, we use an average shipment weight.
  • Delivery distance - We use the shipping address, delivery address, and any checkpoints in between to estimate the distance that the delivery travels, then we use the haversine formula to calculate the distance between pairs of latitudinal and longitudinal points.

The average tree seedling in the rainforest captures about 1 kg or 2 lbs of carbon. We use this calculation to determine the number of trees we need to protect to offset the delivery of your order, and we always round up to at least one tree.

ShopPay works with Pachama, experts in using carbon offsets to prevent deforestation around the world. Pachama’s projects are certified to comply with best-in-class protocols and standards, including the Verified Carbon Standard and Gold Standard. Pachama verifies that the projects they invest in have the positive environmental impact necessary to offset the carbon emissions from your deliveries. Pachama also makes sure that its carbon offset projects protect endangered forests, which means trees that are in danger of being cut down and used in a way that would release carbon into the atmosphere.

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