From 1st September 2019 $1 from every Natural Light Candle Company purchased will be going towards two very worthy causes. 50% of the proceeds will be going towards plastics reduction charities and 50% will be paid to our workshop staff by way of an Australian / New Zealand funded bonus scheme to support them, their families and local community.
We want to ensure that every customer’s dollar is as trackable as possible and that every cent reaches the cause. Whilst it is physically impossible for every customer’s dollar to be detailed, every of our stockists can, and this information will be published quarterly on our website. We will then hold our producers and plastics reduction partners to account and once again publish details of how this money has arrived at its end point.
Our Australian business is not huge. We are a small family business selling approximately 15,000 candles a year currently (and rising!). We hope that an additional dollar on your purchase price will not be felt too much. $15,000 however will really do quite a bit of good!
Here is a little more detail about who we are supporting and what we hope we can accomplish…..
Plastic Waste Reduction
Did you know about 90% of ocean plastics originate from Asian & African rivers? Thankfully there are a number of organisations that have been established over recent years to start to combat this very sizeable problem – one which is particularly evident in the immediate vicinity of our Balinese workshop. It is very much a global issue that requires a local solution.
After much research, separating those organisations with more commercial intentions from those who we believe to be in addressing the issue from a more selfless perspective, we have chosen to partner with two Balinese not-for-profits in their efforts. These two organisations are Malu Dong and Bye Bye Plastics .
Bye Bye Plastics
As an example of how our money can help – In February 2019 Nyoman and his Malu Dong team conducted a clean up project at the river at the Mother Temple in northern Bali. It took him and his team of almost 500 volunteers three days to complete the clean up. Whilst the volunteers are unpaid, to provide transport, meals, gloves bags etc to cover the project cost $2,000. We would like to help fund such projects.
Australian funded bonus scheme for the people who make our beautiful candles
Our production facility standards and wage levels adhere to the standards required for Fair Trade accreditation. People throw around the term ‘Fair Trade’ but few would really appreciate what this means in real terms. In Bali the fair trade wage is under $10 per day.
On average our 30 or so employees would earn just over $1500 annually and about 60% of this is generated through Australian sales. $7,500 per year would allow for us to set up a bonus scheme that would pay each employee approximately $250 per year / 15-20% of their income. With their base wage covering a basic standard of living for them and their families, you can imagine how this extra would be appreciated. With it being known that this amount has been generated through Australian customers you can expect to see an even better paint finish on your candles!
The Bonus scheme will first paid quarterly in arrears with the first bonus payment scheduled for October 2019. You can track our bonus payments here.