Lights Out! Eco-Friendly Ideas for Outdoor Lighting
Now that we’re a month into summer, you’ve probably attended at least one party that was held outdoors, whether it was a wedding, birthday, or a neighbour’s BBQ. Long days and warm summer nights mean that many parties can go late into the evening. If you’re planning your own outdoor party, or just wanting to create an outdoor oasis for yourself, here are two eco-friendly ideas to keep the festivities rolling.
Most people have candles lying around the house, but did you know the type of candle you burn could heavily impact the environment? Try using eco candles that are made using ingredients such as natural soybeans, which burn without pollutants, toxins, or carcinogens. They can even last 30-50% longer than a regular paraffin wax candle.
Though they do tend to cost a couple dollars more than a regular candle, the fact that they last longer and won’t damage the environment make them definitely worth the price. Plus you can often reuse the container they come in!
If you’d prefer another option, try solar jars. Also referred to as sun jars, these cool containers store the sunshine it collects throughout the day and then reuses it to become a light at night. Inside the jar is a highly efficient solar cell, rechargeable battery, and LED lamp. The solar cell creates an electrical current, which allows the battery to be charged by the sun. They can be left in any weather conditions, and make the perfect garden lights. As seen in the image below, the solar jars come with different colors of LED lighting, so you can personalize the space the way you want it.
Lighting is an important factor to hosting a green party, so the next time you have an outdoor gathering, don’t forget to make it an eco-friendly one! After your summer party is over, bring all of your empty bottles and cans to us and we’ll recycle them. To see what else we collect, visit our website for full details.