Environment & Sustainability
I've been taking a cautious approach to how I manufacture, sell and post my products for many years now. It's an ongoing process and a core consideration as I create new products and grow my business.
SINGLE USE PLASTIC
I phased out single use plastic in 2018, opting to sell my cards and prints 'naked' with no plastic sleeve, both online and in store at my studio. Prints are displayed in archival acid free sleeves in a browser in store and then rolled and wrapped in tissue to protect them after purchase. Cards are displayed 'naked' on the wall and then placed inside a recycled brown paper bag if required after purchase. I don't offer plastic bags in store. Fair Trade cotton bags are available to purchase and even come free with a minimum spend. The bags are screen printed by hand in the studio.
All of my postal mailers are made from 100% recycled material and are 100% recyclable too. I even use acid free paper tape to seal boxes where required, which can be left on the box for recycling. My products come wrapped in tissue paper which is also made from 100% recycled material and fully recyclable. All my packaging is manufactured in the UK.
My greetings cards and prints are made from 100% recycled paper stock and are printed with an FSC logo so that their manufacture can be fully traced back to the source here in the UK. Both are 100% recyclable, although many of my customers and their recipients love to frame their cards.
My brown envelopes are also made from 100% recycled material in the UK and are fully recyclable.
Coasters and placemats are manufactured in the UK using a sustainably sourced eucalyptus board base and are very hard wearing.
Tote bags are made from 100% cotton and sourced from a fair trade supplier in the UK. I then screen print them with water based inks.
The paper for my hand screen printed cotton rag prints is made from cotton t-shirt off-cuts by Khadi Papers.
RECYCLING + REUSING
Every box and item of packaging material that comes into my studio from my manufacturers is either reused or recycled. All used paper and card is also recycled making the studio very very close to zero waste.
In February 2021, I joined Ecologi to do more to fight climate change. Not only will I be planting trees every month, you'll be planting trees too with every purchase you make of my products. You can see Neon Gray's impact so far on my Ecologi profile and even donate more yourself.