PLYMOUTH, Mass., March 4, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Lights off! Candles on! That's the idea behind Earth Hour, which happens around the world from 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. local time Saturday, March 28.
Over the last eight years, Earth Hour has grown from a symbolic "lights out" event in Australia to an annual global event celebrated in 7,000 cities in 163 countries. It encourages individuals, businesses and communities to turn off their lights for 60 minutes to show support for actions that will help stop climate change.
"Last year, we reached more than 5 million PartyLite consultants, party hosts and guests with the Earth Hour message," says Rob Goergen, Jr., President of PartyLite Worldwide. "It's such a wonderful idea. People around the globe turn off their lights for one hour using their power to demonstrate the need for change. We're happy to provide the candlelight. It's a fantastic way to express our commitment to the planet."
As the world's largest party plan candle company, PartyLite, whose products are available in the United States, Canada and 21 other countries, will also show its support of Earth Hour 2015 by donating one dollar to the World Wildlife Fund for every Brighter World™ by PartyLite Jar Candle sold March 27-29. Purchase of ingredients used in these premium soy blend candles benefits the local communities where they are grown and supports sustainable agricultural practices and regional conservation efforts.
PartyLite is encouraging everyone to participate and asks candle lovers to post photos of their Earth Hour candles, along with the hashtags #EarthHour and #PartyLite on Twitter, Instagram and the PartyLite Facebook page – www.facebook.com/partylite. PartyLite wants to know about everyone's Earth Hour experience, especially how many candles people light for Earth Hour. They'll create a photo album from the posted photos and total up the number of lit candles.
There will also be special incentives for Hosts and Guests at PartyLite Parties held March 27-29, including special pricing on an exclusive Mom and Baby Panda Tealight Candleholder Set for Hosts and a dozen free Brighter World™ by PartyLite Lavender Verbena Tealights for Guests purchasing $50 or more.
"All of us at PartyLite are excited about Earth Hour," says Goergen. "We've been encouraging people to turn off the lights and light up the candles for 42 years because we're passionate about celebrations! Surely, Earth Hour is a celebration of our planet that deserves support from us all."
PartyLite is the world's #1 party plan company selling candles, candleholders, flameless fragrance and wax warmers as well as holiday and home décor. PartyLite products are available in 23 countries, predominately through independent PartyLite business entrepreneurs. Since 1997, the PartyLite family of consultants, customers and employees has raised more than $15 million for the American Cancer Society and nearly $4 million for Children's Miracle Network. In 2015, PartyLite celebrates 42 years as the global leader in its category and 25 years as a member of the distinguished Blyth family of direct selling companies (NYSE:BTH). PartyLite is one of 53 Direct Selling Association member companies recognized during the 2014 annual meeting for participating in DSA's Code Communication Initiative, focusing on observing and communicating the DSA Code of Ethics as widely as possible. Based in Plymouth, Massachusetts, PartyLite is a member of the Direct Selling Association and the Better Business Bureau. For more information, please visit www.partylite.com.
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