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Why I use rapeseed wax instead of soy wax

Why I use rapeseed wax instead of soy wax

Silver Rune candles are made with colza wax. This wax is also known as rapeseed wax, but for obvious reasons I use the name colza wax.

Why I work with colza wax
I’m located in Europe (Belgium to be precise), and that is the reason why I chose to work with colza wax instead of any other vegetable wax.

Rapeseed grows all over the place in Europe, especially in France and Great Britain. It’s the second most sustainable choice for the European candle maker, with beeswax being number one. I actually contemplated making beeswax candles first, but beeswax wasn’t the right fit for the kind of candles I wanted to make.

Why not soy
Most bio candles are made of soy wax. Soy is very popular, especially amongst vegetarians and vegans. Soy is an important source of protein and energy. It’s widely used to feed animals, and it’s of course used in all kinds of food for us humans. However, soy at this moment sadly isn’t a good choice for the environment.

Soy grows best in tropical climates, which is why soybean plantations are built in South-America. For this to be possible, rainforest and savanna have to give way to soy. Already over 115 million hectares of land filled with natural biotopes have been removed for soy cultivation, leaving animals homeless. It’s expected to have doubled by 2050.

Since soy has to come all the way to Europe from South-America, it’s also bad for our carbon footprint.

A well-thought-out decision
By buying a Silver Rune candle you make a sustainable and measured choice for the environment.

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