The global mission of the woman selling her home-made ethical candles on Bishop's Stortford market
Kloe Fowler is on a mission – to change the world one candle at a time.
The 28-year-old is passionate about making the world a better place and has started by making ethical candles.
Visitors to Bishop's Stortford market can join her mission on Saturdays by buying the candles, which are made from vegetable waxes and sustainable oils, with no additives.
Her candle-making workshop in the kitchen of her Harlow home was born out of the problem of having a build-up of containers from candles she had bought. When she looked into it, she realised how environmentally unfriendly candles are.
She asked her family to collect jars of all kinds and her Ethicandle business took off, leading to her getting a stall on the market in September.
"It's a non-essential product," she said. "Indoor pollution is cited as a big problem, and with candles you effectively have a carbon-emitting ball in your house."
Kloe, whose full-time job is an IT product manager, is looking at using the business to help the Third World with a 'buy one, give one' offer.
In particular she is keen to help the world's poorest with clean cooking fuels, and that can be supported by encouraging customers who have bought a certain number of her candles to buy environmentally friendly bamboo briquettes to send to the Third World.
"I want to make a change in the world," says Kloe, who said the most popular scents for the candles were cranberry and ginger and fig and teakwood.