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Taking responsibility to care for our environment can be accomplished in many ways. At Hip & Hippie, we choose to limit or exclude any unnecessary packaging. We’ve taken it a step further by creating candles with materials that can be recycled or reused.

Below are components used in our Hip and Hippie products and ways you can reuse and recycle them. Also included are startling facts about the effects of recycling.

Our glass is a restaurant-quality drinking glass. The style of the glass lends itself to a lovely drinking glass or floral vase. The plant that produces our glass, responsibly recycles their own waste. This recycled material makes up at least 10% of each finished product.

This glass is recyclable with any glass recycling program.

Glass takes over 4000 years to decompose and even longer in a landfill.
Every month in the United States, the amount of glass products that are tossed into landfills equal filling an
entire skyscraper!

Hemp is the strongest, longest lasting natural fiber and the most resistant to weather, mold, salt water and sunlight. Hemp fibers can last up to three times longer than cotton fibers.

The string it can be recycled back into the earth by placing it into a compost. If you don’t have a compost, place it in dirt outside and it will eventually break down.

Tossing something into the trash that will end up in a landfill will prevent it from
down naturally or not at all. This is because landfills are not conducive to promoting
natural breakdown of food or plant items. DO NOT send items to the landfill that can be
composted. Learn to compost or use an indoor earthworm composting system.

The tin containers, used for our candles, contain between
25 and 60 percent recycled steel. Many of our customers re-use them as organizing containers.

The tin containers and their lids can be recycled at any recycling program that accepts tin, steel or aluminum.

Americans use roughly 100 million tin and steel cans every day! Twenty cans out of recycled material can be made with the same amount of energy it takes to make one new can.

Our signature custom made charms are produced using recycled metals. Use them as jewelry, bookmarks or gift charms. Be creative.

They can be recycled with other steel items.

Most basic recycling programs or centers
accept tin, steel or aluminum. Recycling one aluminum can saves enough energy to run a 100 watt light bulb for 20 hours, a computer for three hours or a television for two hours!

The glass and tubes, along with their lids, make excellent storage containers.

The lids and tubes are made from recycled paper, nontoxic glues and are 100% recyclable. They may also be composted.

Forty percent of all waste dumped into landfills is paper. Cutting down on paper waste will free up space in our landfills. Eighty-six percent (approximately 254 million) of Americans have access to curbside or drop-off paper recycling programs.

Share your information booklets

The information booklets are made with 100% recycled and can be recycled or placed in a compost.

The average household throws away 13,000 pieces of paper each year. Most are from

packaging and junk mail. The average American uses seven trees a year in paper, wood and other products made from trees. This number can be greatly reduced by simply buying recyclable products and choosing products with less packaging.

The colored paper used in our product designs are embedded with live wildflower seeds. Plant this paper and watch them grow! Check out our plant page to find out more about our seeded paper and planting instructions.

As a result of the tremendous world-wide consumption of fossil fuels and the destruction of vital forests, the “earth’s lungs”, CO2 in the atmosphere has rapidly increased in the last century. This overload of CO2 is harmful to our health and the health of our earth. Planting wildflowers, along with other plants and trees will help clean our air. Plants produce breathable oxygen by using the CO2 from our atmosphere.

Although every other item in our candles are recyclable, the labels unfortunately are not. This is due to their plastic coating and the adhesive backing making them unable to breakdown. It is not necessary to remove them before recycling the glass or tins, but it is necessary to remove them from the paper lids if you choose to compost or recycle them.

Today’s packaging is just one example of the needless waste in our country. It represents
roughly one-third of municipal waste in the United States. Many of the unnecessary materials used, especially plastics, are normally not marked for recycling. Consumers do have the power
to demand change with this issue by purchasing products that use less packaging and are environmentally friendly.

Get involved and realize that what you do now makes a difference. Even though our bad habits as a society have been changing the planet, so can the earth’s conscientious ones! Please take the information we have provided and start making changes in your daily life now. Education is powerful. When you know you have a better choice, we believe you will make better decisions. Recycle, reuse, compost and love our Earth!

Loving our planet, every moment, everyday.

You must be the change you wish to see in the world.

- Mahatma Gandhi