WHY WE DO WHAT WE DO
At Unhinged, we are incredibly passionate about the planet we live on. We both come from science backgrounds, we love being outdoors and exploring nature, and we also know firsthand the impact that industry has had on the ecosphere over the last few centuries. Our goal in life and for our business is to leave the world better than we found it, and we'd like to share the steps we take to minimize and offset the effects of producing our candles and getting them into your hands. Scroll to see them, and to see some of our favorite photos we've taken while enjoying everything the world has to offer.
Image: Kihei Beach, Maui, HI (taken by Rob at the beach)
We choose to only use 100% natural soy wax for all of our products. Ours is sourced from soybean fields in the USA, which supports our farming industry. Soy wax is extracted in an ultra-low-waste process where the beans are pressed for oil, which is then hydrogenated to raise the melting point enough to form a wax at room temperature. The soybean husks are then used as animal feed, which in turn becomes fertilizer that farmers can use on other crops. The resulting wax is then shipped to us via carbon-neutral methods, letting us craft our candles right here in San Diego.
Photo: 'Iao Valley State Park, Maui, HI (taken by Rob while hiking)
Nearly all of the scent oils we use to infuse wonderful aromas into our candles are based on natural essential oils. All are phthalate-free and so pure that they don't contain anything on California's Prop 65 list - which requires a warning for even miniscule amounts of a chemical that could pose some kind of harm to you. What does that mean to you? When you light one of our candles, you've got nothing to worry about. In fact, you probably have less to worry about now that you're basking in the wonderful aroma of your candle.
Photo: Montaña de Oro, Los Osos, CA (taken by Rob while hiking)
Our jars are reusable once you've burned through your candle! While we use an epoxy which prevents the wick from moving around when your candle gets low, you can simply pour in a little bit of any type of vinegar and let it sit for a few minutes to break it down into harmless components. We've turned our used jars into more candles, succulent pots, and even small planters for our favorite houseplants. Our white and black jars will blend seamlessly into almost any space. The possibilities are only limited by your imagination, and it doesn't end up in some recycling plant or landfill.
Photo: Laguna Lake, San Luis Obispo, CA (taken by Rob on an evening walk)
We are constantly striving to improve ourselves, our business, and our sustainability initiative. Soon, we hope to be able to begin donating a percentage of our profits to an organization dedicated to protecting and/or fixing the environment. Know of any good ones? Send 'em our way.
We are also constantly experimenting with new shipping methods that we hope can both cut costs and eliminate our use of plastic entirely. Thank you to everyone who purchases our candles and helps us improve our ability to decrease our footprint and give back to the world.
-Rob & Travis
Photo: Torrey Pines, San Diego, CA (taken while hiking together on a lazy Saturday morning)