A Preston woman is looking to expand her eco-friendly candle business with a community crowdfunding project.Advertisement
Liz Gordon founded her luxury brand, Cottonwick Candle Co., in 2019 after discovering that many candles contain harmful ingredients.
Liz, who lives in Hutton, said: “I became interested in candle making in 2019 after discovering that the majority of candles found on our high streets either contained paraffin, which releases toxic fumes into the air, or soy, which is responsible for the majority of deforestation that has occurred in South America.
“I began to only use clean burning candles that contained premium ingredients and were sustainably sourced. Consequently, I couldn’t help but notice premium candles also come with premium price tags!
“This is what inspired me to create my own brand using rapeseed wax, which is locally grown in the UK and Europe, is 100 per cent sustainable and vegan friendly.
“I incorporate recyclable materials and reusable packaging wherever possible, and am a partner of One Tree Planted, a nonprofit organisation dedicated to global reforestation.”
Liz’s products are currently stocked in six independent retail shops across Lancashire, and she runs award-winning candle making workshops.
So far, Liz has done everything herself, from building a website to product photography and branding. She is now looking for support via Crowdfunder so she can expand her business with a dedicated workshop, and is also looking to outsource marketing.
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“I have completely run out of usable work and storage space at home. My house resembles something akin to the documentary Hoarder. Added to this, I live alone, so I fear if anything topples over I’ll be buried alive never to be seen again!
“It’s time to grab the proverbial bull by the horns and expand my business by moving operations from my home into a workshop. Then with a clear mind – and hopefully house – I can focus on expanding and growing my business.”
To invest in the Cottonwick Candle Co. crowdfunder, visit the Crowdfunder website.
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What do you think of Liz’s efforts? Will you be supporting the Crowdfunder? Let us know in the comments.