Repurposing Candles

A simple and easy way to help the environment is to repurpose old items in your home.

Some of the benefits include reducing the amount of waste put into landfills and the need for raw materials used to make new items. Plus, it will allow you to recycle, get creative, and save money.

To start, try repurposing a burnt candle since recycling the container requires removing the leftover wax. Here are the steps:

Step 1

Put the used candle in the freezer for at least a few hours.

Step 2

Using a butter knife, work your way around the frozen wax to break it up. It should come out quite easily and in large chunks. 

In Ottawa, candle wax should be discarded into the garbage instead of the compost. So make sure to use your candle until the very end to limit the amount of waste.

Step 3

Once you’ve gotten out all the wax and the base of the wick, wash out your container with hot soapy water.

Step 4

Repurpose it!

Depending on the shape and size of your container, it can be reused as a dish for jewelry or keys, or a tumbler glass for drinking.

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