Paraffin candles are made from a chemical wax and lighting them is not very good for your health. The toxins they release can cause health problems and can irritate your skin, eyes & respiratory system. More and more people these days are making the switch to a healthier lifestyle and the number of shops for soy candles is growing with the minute.
But what's up with soy?

Soy comes mostly from genetically modified crops that are heavily sprayed with toxic pesticides. It is never a pure wax and additives, bleach and hardeners are common ingredients of soywax. The carbon-footprint for soy is quite big as it's mostly imported from outside europe. Today soy is one of the most grown crops worldwide. A big part of the global soy production  takes place in Brazil and is actively contributing to deforestation of the Amazon rainforest. Since 1990 the land for soyfarming expanded with more than 14% per year and now covers more than 8 million hectares. We don't want to contribute to that in any way, so we choose to avoid soy.