what are soy candles?
Soy wax is a new alternative to paraffin wax, made from soybeans, is renewable and cost effective. The soybeans are harvested, and then cleaned, cracked open, de-hulled, and rolled into flakes. The soybean oil is extracted from the flakes and hydrogenated. This is the same way they make cooking oil, such as “vegetable shortening”. The hydrogenation process dramatically alters the melting point of the oil, making it a solid at room temperature.
The soybean is one of the most versatile products used today. It has been a high protein source for millions of people for thousands of years. Soybean wax also seems to be the most promising natural wax available.
Natural waxes such as soy waxes are gaining in popularity but natural waxes are not new. Beeswax and tallow were used in colonial times to produce candles. Beeswax is a great natural alternative to paraffin, but unfortunately, to get the same results as a soy-based candle, it is cost prohibitive to use 100% beeswax in candles.
Soy is in lots of things like body & skin care products, hair products, crayons, paint removers, and cleaning products. The production and burning of soy wax candles can greatly benefit the American agricultural economy. When soy wax replaces common paraffin wax, an estimated 60 million pounds of soy beans will be required for annual candle production. I predict we’ll see some happy farmers!
Soy candles last three times longer than petroleum-based candles, have an incredible scent throw with virtually no black soot.
We only source organic, non-gmo, pesticide free natural soy wax. Our Soy Candles never contain NO UNNECESSARY CHEMICAL ADDITIVES such as UV light reflectors and chemical wax stabilizers! Good for You – Good for our Earth.
Enjoy your Caterpillars Soy Candles!
Matt Flannery, CEO of Micro-loan company Kiva.org, see’s the key role small, women owned business plays in shaping a bright and promising future for All Humanity and is a big supporter of Independent Businesses
“We connected with Flannery to discuss how he perceives the current social media landscape, and why it has become so important to his personal mission of empowering entrepreneurship in the developing world.”
Q:The social web seems to be moving us toward a world of micro-communication and micro-communities. Do you see this as a parallel to the success of micro-finance?
A:Yes I do. I was just in New Orleans where our users gave loans to 14 small business entrepreneurs in the 7th and 9th ward — communities that have suffered greatly in the post-Katrina economy. On launch day, I watched the astonishment of these entrepreneurs as they witnessed their loans getting funded. It was hard for them, at first, to understand why people from Sweden to Seattle were reaching out to them with a helping hand. They slowly began to understand they were part of something greater — a global, digital community. I asked one of the women if it felt like pressure to pay them back. She said she wanted to pay back so that she could give an opportunity to another entrepreneur like herself. She wanted to give back. That’s a new twist on an ancient dynamic in the micro-finance movement. It was mutual reciprocity online. It could become a massive village bank. I’m excited. That’s why I do what I do.
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