My pot of beeswax is almost empty, and that means Peace, Baby! has nearly completed the transition to soy wax. It’s a change I have wanted to make for a while for a variety of reasons, but I never had the time to experiment.
Since I went full-time vegan last month, I have made the time to play with soy wax. It’s not going to affect my process at all, so I’m not sure what took me so long! Besides no longer using beeswax, which the bees produce for their own purposes, I’m finding that soy wax has some other benefits.
Cleaner burn: I filled the house with smoke when I melted beeswax, and while the smoke wasn’t harmful, it definitely carried a scent and clouded the air for a bit. Soy wax is fume free and has way less smoke.
Lower burn point: I can use a lower temperature when I melt soy wax, which is good because I have transitioned from using my stove to using a hot plate. I prefer to use a lower temperature setting on that kind of appliance, especially since I tend to “wax on” for an hour most sessions.
Better for the Earth: Soy wax is made from soybean oil, and soybeans are a renewable resource. Used up a soybean plant? Just plant a new one! Paraffin in petroleum based, and the fewer oil-based products I can use, the better.
You won’t any difference between a shirt made using beeswax and one made using soy wax, but it’s what’s on the inside that counts. It’s one more step toward my business completely reflecting my values and beliefs.
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