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Phoenix Candle Maker finds Purpose in Repurposing

There are a good number of companies focusing on sustainability and being “green” these days but with global warming concerns, plastic waste filling up landfills, and failed recycling programs, upcycling and repurposing have become quite popular. 

And of course, here at Geek Insider we stand behind those efforts and the companies that are striving to help the planet. 

That’s why we wanted to share vim + vigor candle company

This Phoenix-based company is doing some interesting things with “repurposing” by handcrafting 100% natural soy wax and fragrance combinations that come in unique, pure copper and natural wood vessels.

While some candles come in glass jars that can be used for coin storage or home crafts, with a vim + vigor purchase you get a beautiful 100% pure copper container that can easily be repurposed for a wide variety of uses. Once the candle has burned away, simply freeze the container overnight and then you can gently chip away any wax remnants and then rinse with a little dish soap and hot water. The empty copper container will make a great bathroom or desk accessories, tea light holders, vases, or even Moscow mule mugs.

Kristin Boyd, candle maker and the proud owner of Vim + Vigor Candle Co., started making candles in 2015 as a weekend project to salvage a cabinet full of half-burned candles. That fun weekend project turned into a goal to figure out how to make a better quality candle that burned evenly from the start. A year of research and over 100 test trials later, Boyd had successfully created a candle that burned cleanly and evenly down to the last drop of wax, filling the whole house with its aroma. “My passion for repurposing old materials is what sparked this labor of love, and it’s the reason I chose to use pure copper and natural wood containers as my candle vessel,” said Boyd. “I hope that it might inspire others to reduce waste and repurpose the vessel after the candle burns.”

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