In 2019, recycling, sustainability and green living are the words on everyone’s lips; it’s simply no longer possible to ignore the massive negative impact our way of living has on the environment. Particularly saddening for us at Ashleigh & Burwood is a report last week that revealed that millions of cheap Christmas candles will make their way to landfill sites this month, where they’re likely to remain for over a thousand years.
Thankfully, we feel that our own candles are simply too beautiful to chuck away (who could bear to part with a Wild Things vessel?!) and so we’ve come up with plenty of ideas to reuse our burned out candles. Here are some of our favourites, which we will hope will inspire you to find a new use for your next empty candle vessel.
Whether you’re planning on reusing, refilling or recycling your candle, the first step should always be to clean out any leftover wax and the old wick from the vessel.
To clean your vessel, fill it with just enough hot water to cover the remaining wax, taking care not to burn yourself, and leave for 2 minutes to allow the wax to soften. Hold the vessel near top to avoid the hot base and carefully remove the wax with a spoon. Dispose of the excess wax and then pour the water away – make sure you don’t pour the wax down the sink as it can cause a blockage! If there’s any remaining wax, scoop it up and throw away. Wipe any leftover residue with a thick kitchen towel and repeat steps until the vessel is clean. Finally, remove the metal wick holder from the bottom of the vessel.