Frequently Asked Questions
- Where are your candles made?
Dalit Candles clay pots are hand-made in the Dharavi slum from natural clay and hand poured by Dalit ladies who would otherwise struggle
to find work and educate their families. The pots are 100% biodegradable as are the boxes they come in.
- What is the wax that you use?
Our wax is a blend of beeswax and vegetable wax. We have perfected our wax over the years so that all the wax in your candle will burn away and leave you with a clean pot to reuse. Should your candle ‘tunnel’ for any reason please do let us know.
- What are your wicks made of?
High quality cotton.
- Is your packaging biodegradable?
Our cardboard & coconut string packaging is fully biodegradable. Should you wish to not use your clay candle pot again, this can go into garden waste.
- How much oil should I use in my burner?
You only need a drop of our oil as it is very strong. We suggest a drop of oil with water for the perfect aroma! Our oil is a blend with a lavender/vanilla scent, sourced from the best quality ingredients we have found in India.
- Do you sell to wholesale?
Yes, please register for a trade account – https://dalit.co.uk/trade-registration
- Are your packing peanuts biodegradable?
Yes, they are made of vegetable starch and will disintegrate in water.
What is in your soap?
Our soaps are coconut oil based and use only natural ingredients and are made my an all-women enterprise that gives preference to employing disadvantaged women.
What are your jute shopping bags made from?
Dalit shopping bags are made from jute which is a plant fibre and 100% biodegradable. Their production provides employment for the poor in Kolkata.
What charity does Dalit Goods Co support?
The idea for Dalit Goods came about as a result of a trip to India by Life Association director Simon Hawthorne. Whilst there he began to notice a large number of smashed clay pots around the slum areas of Mumbai. These clay pots turned out to be drinking pots which for thousands of years the Dalit people have often been forced to drink from and then smash on the ground as a sign of their supposed untouchability. It is this powerful symbol of oppression that inspired Simon to launch our range of Dalit branded products. In 2010 Life Association launched the Dalit Goods brand to raise awareness of the Dalits’ plight and also funds for the charity.
It is our goal to design and supply ethically sourced and environmentally sensitive products and provide employment to Dalits in India.
To find out more about the work of Life Association visit www.lifeassociation.org.uk