Sustainability

Sustainability

Sustainability is more than a goal

We care a great deal about our environmental impact. For us, sustainability is just the right thing to do. It’s also the smart thing to do. But it takes work and we're never "done". Eliminating waste is an ongoing process and a daily commitment to finding green initiatives that work—for us and the planet. 


Jars, tins & lids

We proudly pour our candles into containers that are American-made, recyclable, and repurposable. Our Wood Lid Return Program reclaims used candle lids and puts them back to work.

Leftovers

Made with hand-poured layers of our scented 100% natural soy wax “leftover” at the end of a production run, our waste-reducing candles are a fun (and great-smelling) way to go green.

Pallets

Wood shipping pallets pose a sustainability challenge to any manufacturing business. We've partnered with a local craftsman and a disability services organization to reuse and repurpose this resource.

Cardboard

We were already recycling cardboard waste but wanted to find a way to reduce or eliminate it entirely. Our new cardboard shredder turns used shipping boxes into candle packing material!

Soap Refill Stations

Our Marketplace and Portage retail stores offer refill stations for hand soaps, laundry soaps, and more! Support sustainability by bringing in your own containers, or purchase bottles from us!

 

Keeping it local

We work hard to forge relationships with local suppliers and source American-made materials. Vessels, wood lids, wax, wicks, fragrance oils, labels, boxes… it’s all made right here.


"I didn’t have a strong background in sustainable practices. Kalamazoo Candle has taught me more than I originally brought to the table."

— Adam McFarlin, Owner/Founder