As one of the many millions who watched Sir David Attenborough's 'Blue Planet 2’, I was horrified by the amount of plastic in our seas and waterways, and the impact this has on our wildlife.
I wanted to share my position on waste and recycling as a business owner. When I set up the business, waste management was a crucial part of my plan. It was also important that the card stock I use carries the FSC accreditation and I wanted to keep the business footprint as small as possible, whilst supporting British industry.
All the print and production is done in Kent, and these printers gained their FSC® Accreditation in 2009. The envelopes are made at a Yorkshire mill. They match the cards and are 150gsm, which give a feel of luxury. The card stock is also FSC accredited and carries the ISO 9706 ‘long life’ certification.
Most of my packaging is recycled board and tissue paper. The cards and art print come in cellophane bags. I do have to use waterproof outer bags to protect the artwork.
All the studio paper waste is recycled or composted. The plastic is taken to the recycling unit, the ink cartridges are returned to the supplier and all other waste is recycled at a local steam power station. This in turn generates electricity for the local area.
I do believe it is possible to create beautiful, luxury products sustainably, and I’m proud to say my work is made in England.