Petroleum-Free Tiki Torches
If the disaster in the Gulf is inspiring you to look for ways to reduce your petroleum oil “footprint,” one good place to look is at your use of Tiki torches. Except for a very few exceptions, all Tiki torches are made with petroleum oil. These days the oil is more refined and less polluting than the kerosene used in the past, but nonetheless, the source is oil. Don’t be fooled by “smoke free” Tiki torches, as they are made with paraffin oil, a refined petroleum product.
What harm can Tiki torch lamp oil cause for your health? Exposure can cause headaches, shortness of breath, skin disorders, and more.
Who doesn’t love an outdoor party with the ambiance of flickering flame? Besides, many Tiki torches contain citronella and help ward off mosquitoes.
How do you have the flames with petroleum? You have two very good options (electric “torches” and permanent gas torches are not included because they require energy): PorchTorch for those who want the real flame, but petroleum-free, and LED solar Tiki torches.
LED solar Tiki Torches, with a lifespan of 100,000 hours and batteries that only need to be replaced every two years. Not only that, but the LED lights keep getting better. If you want, you can have them automatically turn on at dusk, or work them manually. If you want a colorful outdoor lighting display for a holiday (red, white, and blue for the Fourth of July? ) you can purchase colorful solar glow crystals.
Porch Torch oil costs about the same as paraffin oil but it costs much less for the planet by being a biodegradable and sustainable vegetable oil. You can add pure essential oil of citronella to the increase mosquito repelling benefits to the smoke.
By Annie B. Bond, the best-selling and award-winning author of five healthy/green living books, including Better Basics for the Home (Three Rivers Press, 1999), Home Enlightenment, Clean & Green (1990), and most recently True Food (National Geographic, 2010 and winner of Gourmand Awards Best Health and Nutrition Cookbook in the World). She has authored literally thousands of articles and was named “the foremost expert on green living” by Body & Soul magazine (2009).