Since 2017 we have been concentrating on making our business more environmentally sustainable. We have been encouraging other makers and small businesses to do the same by sharing our exciting discoveries through Instagram. Here are some of the changes we have made, along with others that we are working on. If you have found solutions of your own please do let us know so we can share them.
- All our products are now made from recycled and repurposed materials. This reduces CO2, landfill and the destruction and pollution of natural habitats in mining for raw materials.
- The first step we made was to switch to a 100% renewable energy provider. We are with Pure Planet for our electricity, a community run initiative based in Bath.
- We no longer use single use plastics in the finishing, packaging and posting of our products. Instead we use sustainable alternatives such as paper parcel tape, shredded paper, refillable pens, glassine bags and recycled padded envelopes.
- The Internet uses data storage systems and the energy required to power these is said to treble this decade. That is why we have switched to Ecohosting which uses 100% renewable energy to host our email and use Big Cartel for our website.
- Patination, gilding and polishing are all processes used in the fabrication of metal. These can involve the use of harmful chemicals, so we no longer employ these processes in our workshop. However, we still need to clean the metal after working it and for this we now use citric acid which is kinder to the environment than industrial alternatives.
- We are currently developing our new stationery. This will involve the repurposing of card and paper with vegetable inks and paper tapes. Watch this space...
- Working with metal requires intense heat and this traditionally involves the burning of fossil fuels. We looked into using biopropane, but unfortunately the majority of this resource is sold to the domestic market. However we are continuing to look for a better solution.