Every year in March, the world unites for a one-hour window to show solidarity towards greener living by turning off all the lights. Established in 2007 in Sydney, Earth Hour takes place again this year this coming Saturday on 24 March, when participants all around the globe will sit in darkness for one hour from 8:30–9:30pm, local time. Whether you’ve always been a keen participant of Earth Hour or are new to the idea, turning off the lights does more for the environment than you think — especially when completed en masse.
Beyond just saving energy, it also (hopefully) opens up the skies for observation sans light pollution. It also provides an opportunity for you to feel more present in your space; sit down and have a quiet conversation with your family, friends or roommates, share a meal, or enjoy some me time to reflect on the day. Instead of making epic plans for the weekend (especially in light of the high-octane week of art and special events we have ahead of us), wind down and relax instead with these eco-friendly scented candles.
The candles in this list are all made with beeswax or soy instead of petroleum-based paraffin (which is said to contain carcinogens), natural essential oils instead of artificial scents, as well as cotton wicks to provide a clean, safe burn. In an effort to do some good for the environment, perhaps a try will sway you to make toxin-free candles a regular alternative to switching on the lights every now and then.