Filt Waste Oil Candles Harness Local Recycling

Filt “waste oil” candles combine useful recycling with nice packaging to make a product that looks good, smells good, burns well, and is made almost entirely with recycled waste literally within reach of the creators.

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Filt’s unique concept is that the materials and design, minus the wicks, come from within walking distance of their studio. Filt’s creators are also involved with Gaimgraphics, which accounts for the nice graphic design, with their office sitting atop Chubby, their stylish and spacious cafe in Setagaya Ward in Tokyo. Chubby’s size makes it ideal for events and rotating art showcases, but it’s also the source of Filt’s main ingredient: Used cooking oil, which they filter, color, and scent with vanilla.

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The surrounding neighborhood provides the glass containers that make each Filt candle unique. Every week on glass recycling day, Filt’s creators hit the streets to see what original and usable glass containers the multiple bins have to offer, and then turn them into new products for shops around Tokyo.

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Filt “Waste Oil” Candles are only available in Tokyo, though they look forward to bringing their products to the world. Prices start at $20 depending on the size. Check out their homepage for more.

***UPDATE: The Filt Waste Oil candles are now available for overseas shipping from the Japan Trend Shop.***

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Michael is founder and director of the Mandalah Tokyo trends and innovation consultancy.