Sustainability

Sustainability is really important to me, and it’s difficult as a product based business to create an alignment with selling something when I’m actually trying to rebel against our over consumerist behaviours.
So I’ve spent many months seeking out the most sustainable way to keep making beautiful things. I’m compiling a list here so that either you as a customer can see the impact my products are having, or as a directory for any other creators who’d like to make a beautiful little impact.

This list will constantly grow and please do get in touch if you know of other ways I can help look after this lovely planet of ours. My main aim is items that could be reusable as the worst impact is things ending up in landfill.

Packaging:

  • Recycled Greyboard – I use this as backing to protect prints in the post and when stocked in shops, available here. I have started drawing on these so they are hopefully kept and framed or inspire reuse – perhaps something for a child to paint onto.
  • Recycled brown paper. I changed from tissue paper as I felt brown paper is easier to reuse as wrapping paper, and for A4 and A6 prints I trim the paper into squares so that it can be used to create origami.
  • Thank you notes are printed on paper made by Frogmore paper mill in the UK. The blue paper uses recycled denim that could have ended up in the landfill. I print an illustration on the other side so that hopefully it can be kept as a print, either framed or gifted.
  • Recycled paper and board envelopes.
  • Glassine Envelopes. I use this to protect my prints in shop displays. I haven’t yet found ones that perfectly fit A4 paper though, so fix the larger sizes with a strip of washi tape. They are less transparent than cello. Available here.
  • Biodegradable Cello. Some people just prefer the clarity of cello, but I’ve read it’s not a great solution, but surely better than the proper plastic stuff. Available here.
  • Washi Tape. Made from paper instead of plastic, super cute for packaging things but not as strong as sellotape. I have my own designed 🙂 available here.
  • Gum Backed Paper Tape. I’ve not found I’ve needed this yet but if you use plastic brown packing tape and need something stronger than washi. Available here.
  • Recycled Tissue Paper. I used to wrap prints in this when they go out in the post but now use brown paper. Thought I’d share in case someone else is looking for it though. I sometimes bought mine from eBay but it’s also available here.

To be continued….