Friday, December 11, 2009

Green Living by Janet Marchant: Put a Green Twist on an Old Flame

There are a lot of winter holiday traditions out there, and the one thing they all seem to have in common is candles. As much fun as it is to set things on fire, it's important to think about the potential impact of all these candles on the environment. Fortunately, as we environmental writers so often discover, there is a guilt-free solution in the form of a fantastic new consumer product!

Now, those of us who like to enjoy a little sushi while we're getting our nails done (with environmentally friendly polish, of course) know all about edamame, a healthy Japanese snack food which is as delicious with yogurt as it is with beer. Apparently, edamame is made out of soy beans, which are highly flammable, but in a very Zen, connected-with-nature kind of way. You can simply twist the ends into little wicks, light them, and they burn cleanly and greenly for hours.

So the next time you're having edamame, be sure to order plenty extra. You can take them home in one of those handy Styrofoam containers and use them as environmentally friendly alternatives to candles in all of your holiday decorations!

Now, if all of this sounds like too much trouble, fortunately ready-made edamame candles are available for purchase on-line. You know they're perfectly safe because they aren't made with chemicals. The only down side is that they smell so delicious when they're burning that you may find yourself craving yogurt…or a beer!

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