The Philip Scholz Memorial Foundation

Mission Statement

binary birthdayWe all want to save mother earth in our ways. Binary Candles was founded to support Green projects and contribute to saving the environment.

Each person tries in their own way by recycling, sorting trash, etc.

What does Birthdays have to do with it?

If we stop to think, everyone, even children can contribute their share, especially on their birthdays.

What is binary?

Everyone knows we measure heat in Degree F and Degree C, we have weight measures of pounds and kilograms. Similarly, we can express numbers using a different system. In this case we can use the Decimal and Binary system.

Why? What is the need for it?

If we express decimal numbers (Base 10), for your age, if you are 1 you put one candle, if you are hundred you put 100 candles on the cake. Can we do something different? You bet! If you express your age in Binary form (which is Base 2) no matter what your age is from 1 year to 100 years, you will need at most 7 candles. These candles will have 0 or 1 printed in a certain order depending your age. Example: 5  Year old will have Three candles with 101 printed on the candles, a 50 year old will have 110010 or 6 candles.

How can we figure it out?

Simple you can use our Binary converter game in the website then your birthday card will show your age in Binary Candles. If you would like to know the actual math behind converting decimal to binary, please see below.

Now imagine how many birthdays we celebrate every day and how many candles are used and thrown in the garbage. Some of the long lasting candles are giving a lot of soot or smoke; the last time at a birthday we had to keep a bowl of water to be able to handle the burning candles (75). This is simply a fire hazard for young and especially older people. You may still have candles on your cake, but only seven instead of 1-100, whatever your age.

How to convert decimal to binary?

Divide the decimal number by 2, then it's quotient by 2, then the quotient of the quotient by 2, and so on until you reduce the quotient to 0. Now arrange the remainders (they will be 0 s and 1 s) from bottom to top to get your binary equivalent.

For example, to convert 9 to binary number.
1.Divide 9 by 2. The quotient is 4 and the remainder is 1.
2.Divide 4 by 2. The quotient is 2 and the remainder is 0.
3.Divide 2 by 2. The quotient is 1 and the remainder is 0.
4.Divide 1 by 2. The quotient is 0 and the remainder is 1.
Now, arrange the remainders from bottom to top - 1001.
Therefore, binary equivalent of 9 = 1001.


What's the use of a fine house if you haven't got a tolerable planet to put it on?

Henry David Thoreau

List of Organizations We Support

  • mercy
  • children
  • Kamran
  • relief
  • red-crescent
  • hidaya
  • redcross
  • care
  • doctors
  • worldvision
  • oxfm
  • nrdc
  • IIE
  • unicef
  • wwf
  • united