Why a “dumpster fire” candle?

dumpster fire, noun:
an exceedingly disastrous or chaotic situation

The American Dialect Society awarded “Dumpster Fire” as 2016’s word of the year. Seriously.

“The idea of the Dumpster Fire Candle™ came to be as a result of both personal and global challenges in the year 2016. It was a dark year for so many, and I found myself using the term “dumpster fire” when talking about our nation’s political climate or describing the illogical and hateful ideology of my state’s—North Carolina—leadership. Oh yeah and remember all those talented musicians, artists, leaders, writers, comedians and acting legends that died in 2016? Good grief.

The United States presidential election results.

There was a lot of negativity floating around in 2016 and I desperately wanted to turn the corner and find some light. One evening the idea to create a literal dumpster fire popped into my brain. It’s an image that is devastating and funny at the same time, but it seemed dangerous and illegal to blaze a real dumpster. The challenge: how can I scale this down and make it accessible without compromising the metaphor of a burning dumpster? Thus, a candle in the shape of a dumpster was born.

My hope is that people see this Dumpster Fire Candle and it makes them smirk. I also hope that these same sinisters buy the candle and proudly burn it or just put it on display. It represents redemption, letting go or just some good old fashioned hatred. Burn, baby, burn.”

-Meredith Schmidt