Since setting up the studio we have always tried to make business decisions that we feel are good for the planet as well as good for the company.
We take time to choose sustainable paper stocks that have been produced responsibly with materials from well-managed forests and recycled sources, and are certified by global accreditation schemes like FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) or PEFC (Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification).
We use local printers who are not only some of the nicest people you could hope to meet but try to reduce the impact of their own businesses on the environment by being REACH compliant to ensure chemicals are managed responsibly during the production process.
And as a generation brought up with our nan’s mantra of ‘waste not want not’ ringing in our ears we think we are pretty good at recycling and reusing things.
Up until now this casual (yep we admit it) approach to sustainability has helped us sleep better at night. BUT deep down we know we can do better. So during this coming year we will start to review the environmental impact of our business.
To make this more manageable we have chosen to focus on one of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals adopted by the UN in 2015. Goal 12 Responsible Consumption and Production
For starters we will be looking at production processes and the efficient and sustainable use of natural resources. We will also be reevaluating our packaging to see if we can substantially reduce waste through use of material, recycling and reuse. As individuals we will also encourage each other to ‘champion’ our own initiatives which the studio will support and implement.
As a small business we’d be lying if we said this wasn’t a tiny bit daunting, but each one of us is committed to ensuring our business is managed responsibly and our planet is healthy.
Follow our progress over the coming 12 months. We’ll share with you our objectives, our achievements and the odd few headaches.
Thanks to Ethos for running a workshop that inspired us to take this first small step to what hopefully will be a big change. Thanks to Baltic Creative for organising the workshop.