Magick & Wonder
Five Corners is a shop of hand made products for occult lifestyle and supply, owned and operated by Jonny Candle and Sammy Darko out of Frankfort, Kentucky. Most of our offerings are handmade using raw materials sourced locally in the US. We've been at our craft for a while, dating as far back as 2015.
Even under the pressure of the global COVID-19 pandemic, we go out of our way to ensure that every product meets strict guidelines - minimal waste, sustainable materials, ethical trading, and the absence of harmful chemicals. Even the paraffin wax that we use for our most popular candle items is a highly refined, food grade wax that has undergone several processes to be clean burning and free of potential debris.
Jonny & Sammy have backgrounds in metaphysical and esoteric practice including Herbalism, Reiki, and Divination.
The Big Five
What are the five corners, you ask? Five Corners incorporates all of the five elements into its business model; earth, air, fire, water, and spirit. We do so by offering a variety of candles (fire), hand-dipped incense (air), body care (water), various crystals, gemstones, and salts (earth), and finally, remote, psychic services and divinations (spirit).
Sustainability & Eco-Conscious
At Five Corners Co, we strive to leave the smallest possible waste footprint. Here are just a few of the ways we do this:
Brick and mortar vs. online only: We operate strictly online; from our marketing campaigns to our points-of-sale. By utilizing the numerous eCommerce channels as well as social media platforms available to us, we cut down on unneeded paper waste and packaging, eliminate the need for transport (customers driving to-from a physical location), and finally, we make use of less overall electricity, because we only operate from our home base.
"Online shopping at large retailers in the United States is 17% more carbon-efficient than visiting traditional stores. Ecommerce companies look well placed to make this transition (pathway to zero emissions) due to their greater control over the logistics chain." - Generation Foundation
You can read more about brick-and-mortar vs. eCommerce here.
Order packaging: At the start of Five Corners Co, we used a lot of paper for marketing that went into our packages. Once we stopped to realize this, we assessed the issue, and have cut down our packaging waste by 40 percent* during the third and forth quarters of this year alone.
We currently only send an invoice and one marketing slip in our orders; both using only black ink on recycled paper. Fun fact: since the beginning, we have used biodegradable packing peanuts made of vegetable starches in every orer.
And, like all things, we're always brainstorming and bearing in mind ways to lower all areas of waste.