Here's what I do to make my practise as a digital artist and print designer as green as it can be...
For my textile designs it is a requirement that they are printed on fabric in order to be sold, this gives the buyer an opportunity to get a feel for how the print will look on a garment before committing to production. I have recently switched to printing my work on the Silk Bureau's new Regenesis range, which uses recycled plastic bottles to make the fabrics, more silky goodness and less impact on the planet!
£5 from the sale of each A2 or 50x50cm giclee jungle print will be donated to World Land Trust, an international conservation trust working with a network of local partners around the world to save, protect and restore critically threatened habitat for wildlife, and in doing so, lock up carbon and address climate change. Each donation will go towards their 'Plant a Tree' programme and will support the planting of a sapling and 3-4 years of monitoring to ensure the tree can survive on its own. To learn more about this and other projects they're involved in please visit their website by clicking the link below...
These artworks are printed locally by the lovely Milo at Printer of Dreams. They are printed on FSC certified paper. The Forest Stewardship Council 'are an international non-profit organisation dedicated to promoting responsible forestry. FSC certifies forests all over the world to ensure they meet the highest environmental and social standards'*
In addition to this each print is made-to-order so I can avoid surplus stock and, as a result, limit any unnecessary use of these materials
*(Description from fsc-uk.org)
I have done my upmost to ensure that every element of the packaging for these prints is planet friendly, all of the paper, cardboard and stickers are made from recycled materials and recyclable so please reuse or dispose of them with your recycling!
If you have any questions or suggestions for other ways to go green as a small business, I'd love to hear from you, please do get in touch...