“Don't waste electricity, don't waste paper, don't waste food. Live the way you want to live but just don't waste.”
- Sir David Attenborough
Now more than ever, it’s crucial that we reduce waste and use recycled and reclaimed products wherever possible.
Through my charity prints, I champion the environment by donating money to animal charities and rewilding organisations.
I also try to make sure my art business is as sustainable as possible. Below are 10 easy ways I do this. Many are not specific to being an artist, and can therefore become good practice for any small business.
All packaging comes through a partnership with a local bike shop Tredz - they keep the boxes for me and I then cut them down, minimising waste.
My memory boxes display items that may otherwise end up in landfill.
I take care not to use any excess packaging.
All of my products are free from plastic.
The mounts I use are made from recycled material.
When sending prints to wholesalers, I wrap prints in recycled tissue paper. This minimises the amount of waste that goes back with the end customer.
I make sure I don’t waste paper, by efficiently planning what I need to print.
I send used ink cartridges to charity for recycling.
If I need to use bubble wrap, I re-use pieces that have come from other deliveries. I never buy new plastic.
I print to order and don’t hold stock, as this could lead to unnecessary waste.
And a bonus 11:
This isn’t to do with recycling, but the bank I use for my business is Triodos, which is a sustainable bank - they only finance companies that focus on people, the environment or culture.
Find out how I worked with a local primary school to turn rubbish into a giant piece of art, here.
I’m an artist who creates beautiful memory boxes and intricate ink drawings to help you connect with the people and places you love.