relaxing with pollution

Burning candles made from paraffin wax — the most common kind used to infuse rooms with romantic ambiance, warmth, light, and fragrance — is an unrecognized source of exposure to indoor air pollution.

American Chemical Society:

“An occasional paraffin candle and its emissions will not likely affect you.

“But lighting many paraffin candles every day for years or lighting them frequently in an un-ventilated bathroom around a tub may cause problems.”

Candles made from vegetable oilCandles made from bee’s wax or soy do not release harmful amounts of indoor air pollutants.

A bespoke design firm in Tokyo is making candles from waste cooking oil.

Filt “waste oil” candles combine recycling with nice packaging to make a product that looks good, smells good, burns well. [story]