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. Prints are stored flat and then either rolled or left flat and wrapped in tissue to protect them after purchase. Cards are wrapped in tissue and posted in a card backed envelope.
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. Mailers are all made here in the UK.
My products come wrapped in tissue paper which is fully recyclable. My plain coloured tissue is made from 100% recycled material and my printed tissue is made with FSC grade acid free fibre containing 30% recycled material and printed with soy based ink. You can either recycle or compost, whichever you prefer.
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.
I began phasing out my coasters and placemats summer 2021. They're manufactured in the UK using a sustainably sourced eucalyptus board base and are very hard wearing. The placemats are now fully discontinued and the coasters are almost gone too.
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.