2021 Give Back Recap

We’d like to start off the new year in gratitude by thanking all of our 1502 Candle Co. customers for their support. Without you, we wouldn’t be!

We hope that our candles and other thoughtfully crafted products help you live life more mindfully, but our mission goes deeper than that.

If you didn’t already know, all of your purchases support a handful of nonprofit organizations that we partner with through 1% for the Planet and in 2021 we were able to donate over $2,000 to nonprofit organizations. Keep reading for more information about some of them.

Native Like Water

As a part of our commitment to support indigenous-led grassroots movements and campaigns we donated to local San Diego nonprofit, Native Like Water.

Native Like Water.

Photo credit: Native Like Water

The grassroots organization has developed organically over the past 21 years and has a goal to “re-connect to traditional use of water, develop leaders in culture, science and health.” Through their programs and scholarships they prepare and reintegrate teens and adults into ocean recreation, conservation, wellness, and inter-generational cultural self exploration. 

Indigenous Environmental Network

The Indigenous Environmental Network works to combat not only environmental but also economic injustice. Founded in 1990, the movement was “born from a national gathering of tribal grassroots youth and Indigenous leadership to discuss our common experiences regarding environmental assaults on our lands, waters, communities and villages.”

Today, that vision has been implemented on a global scale to include everything from the protection of basic human rights to influencing policies that could have a particular impact on native peoples.

Feeding San Diego

Feeding San Diego® is the leading hunger-relief and food rescue organization in the county. They partner with 292 community partners to provide over 40 million nutritious meals to underserved San Diegeans each year. We choose Feeding San Diego not only because they are helping feed our neighbors, but they’re also helping reduce food waste and in turn, lowering greenhouse gas emissions.

"We choose Feeding San Diego not only because they are helping feed our neighbors, but they’re also helping reduce food waste and in turn, lowering greenhouse gas emissions."

In one year about 70% of the food they distribute is rescued before it goes to waste. From 2020 to 2021, they were able to redirect more than 27.2 million pounds of food from the landfill which is estimated to have stopped about 24,000 metric tons of greenhouse gasses from being emitted into the atmosphere.

Feeding San Diego

Photo credit: There San Diego

Communities for a Better Environment

Did you know that higher rates of air pollution disproportionately affect communities of color in the U.S.? This factor alone has been found to shorten residents’ lifespans. Landfills, water contamination, and the general effects of climate change have all been found to plague communities of color more often than predominantly white areas–a fact that is backed up by decades worth of studies. Today, the undeniable link between racial and economic disparities and climate change is receiving an increasing (and long overdue) amount of attention.

That’s why we picked Communities for a Better Environment as one of the nonprofit organizations to donate to. Their mission is to “build people’s power in California’s communities of color and low income communities to achieve environmental health and justice by preventing and reducing pollution and building green, healthy and sustainable communities and environments.” 

We hope that you’re inspired to get involved or donate directly to these groups. Through 1% for the Planet, we will continue to support nonprofits whose missisons align with our own and encourage you to let us know how you remain active in these areas.

In Other Good News…

Did you know that the founder of 1502, Caroline, and her partner, Jonathan, recently welcomed a new chandler? We’re absolutely smitten by this new addition to the team. 

Wishing everyone a healthy, happy 2022!

February 16, 2022 — Emily Tongg

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