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Q&A
  • What was the inspiration for the new Light the Way™ 2016 Earth Month Candle aroma?
    For 9 years the donations from the Aveda Light the Way™ Earth Month Candles have gone to Global Greengrants Fund to provide small grants that help protect and maintain clean water around the world. For Earth Month 2016, we were inspired to share the impact this work has had in Umbari, India, where many people have benefitted from these grants and now have sufficient drinking water year-round that is safe for human consumption. The illustration on the unit carton was inspired by children living in Umbari, India and benefitting from the water projects.
    What were the water challenges in Umbari, India? And, what were the results of Aveda and Global Greengrants projects?
    Aveda sources ingredients such as certified organic ginger, ginger lily, turmeric and amla from India. We learned that the village of Umbari, near one of our supplier's organic farms, was experiencing water shortages and contamination during the summer months. This led Aveda to fund an Earth Month Global Greengrants Fund project with the local NGO AWARD that brought safe drinking water to 750 people in Umbari. The village's improved water systems means that women no longer need to spend hours a day walking to collect water and they have more time to spend with their children and plant gardens, leading to another way in which Aveda Earth Month has helped this community.

    Women in Umbari were reporting a lack of nutrition due to low food diversity and a shortage of vegetables and healthy crops. Earth Month grants in from 2012-2016 have helped support an organic kitchen gardening program for women in the community. The program is helping to train the women in sustainable farming methods that conserve water and eliminate pesticide use to protect their water source. The program also is helping establish seed banks to ensure long term access to nutritious crops.

    Overall, this project means that the 750 people in these two Umbari villages have sufficient drinking water year-round that is safe for human consumption, and furthermore, women no longer need to spend 6-8 hours per day during the summer months collecting water.
    Who created the drawings for the artwork?
    Children from the Umbari Village provided the drawings for the candle artwork. The children were asked to create drawings illustrating what clean water means to them and how access to an improved water source has impacted their lives. The children were beneficiaries of a water project supported by Aveda and Greengrants to AWARD (Action for Women and Rural Development). In addition, they will receive financial support for basic school supplies
    What is so unique about the Aveda Earth Month Candle?
    The Light the Way™ 2016 Earth Month Candle will raise almost $1.9M for clean water projects around the globe. One hundred percent of the Earth Month candle proceeds* go to Global Greengrants Fund for clean water projects, like the ones in Umbari, India. Greengrants is unique because it works at the local level with communities that are addressing many facets of clean water threats to water quality, water privatization and watershed protection.
    What is the Earth Month Candle base made of?
    The base of the Light the Way™ 2016 Earth Month Candle is made of soy wax which burns clean and completely.
    What is the candle glass made of?
    The glass is made from 100% reclaimed beverage bottles. Because this reclaimed glass does not have to be crushed or re-molded, far less energy is used to create the glass container.

Light the Way™ Candle Q&A PDF


Light the Way™ Earth Month 2016 Candle
with India-inspired aroma

The limited-edition Earth Month 2016 Light The Way™ soy wax candle aroma features certified organic ginger and ginger lily from Umbari, India, a village that has benefited from an Aveda sponsored water project and will raise almost $1.9M for Global Greengrants Fund water projects around the world. A single candle can lead to drinking water for 6 months for a family of 6 in India.* 100% of the Earth Month Candle proceeds will be donated to Global Greengrants Fund.**

Product Benefits:
  • Pure flower and plant aroma made with certified organic essential oils.
  • Warm and spicy aroma with certified organic ginger and ginger lily.
  • 100% of proceeds** will be donated to Global Greengrants Fund to support clean water projects around the globe.
Packaging:
  • The images on the unit carton were created by children living in the village of Umbari, India that benefited from Earth Month-funded water projects
  • The glass is made from 100% reclaimed beverage bottles. Because this reclaimed glass does not have to be crushed or remolded, far less energy is used to create the glass container
  • The unit carton is made from 70-90% post-consumer recycled (PCR) paperboard, with a portion made from Aveda make-ready materials. (Scrap that would normally go into the recycling stream)
*Proceeds from a single year's Light the Way™ candles provided $28,943 to fix the water system for the 800 residents of Umbari, India; it should last for 20 years. So each $12 candle translates into 6 months of water for a family of 6. Learn more at Aveda.com.
**Based on suggested retail price. Supporting Global Greengrants Fund water-related projects. (With the exception of Australia where the local partner benefits in compliance with local laws).