I tell stories of people and their places using mostly natural
materials and I want to reduce the environmental impact of my business on
people and places.
I am based at Beechenhill Farm, my family's organic dairy
farm. You can check out the Farm's ethos here. But for the work I do in my studio
and my art business my sustainability efforts are explained below:
- My studio
has underfloor heating from our big biomass boiler. It has triple and double glazed windows to
keep it warm in winter and cool in summer. I have big warm curtains for use on very windy days.
- My light
bulbs are led and low energy.
Reduce, Reuse and Recycle
I reduce and reuse the following but if I can't then I recycle
- Glass- I am collecting the little jan jars from hotel breakfasts to use for storing pigment
bags - I reuse the plastic bags that come from the Laundry (for Beechenhill Farm) to protect my paintings when they are sold.
and boxes - I reuse envelopes to send my cards to purchasers.
- String, ribbon, wire ties - I have a draw of useful bits to use.
- Bubble wrap
and packaging- I reuse these for protecting my work.
- Paper- I reuse the other sides!
- Cardboard- I cut stencils and use for packaging.
- Wood- I mostly use for our log burner
- Batteries- are rechargeable.
bulbs- long life LEDs
Where I can:
- I use
local suppliers- framer, printer.
- I use
eco-friendly cleaning products.
- I buy in
bulk- gesso and pigment in large quantities.
- I use recycled paper.
- I take
card payments and pay bills by bacs, lessening trips to the bank.
communicate by email thus reducing paper.
- I use my
car to make multipurpose trips.
- My local
community in lots of different ways: I have created http://www.ilam.org.uk/ a
community website for our village and its businesses. Please visit and see
if you can use any of the services offered
and Alstonefield First Responders, local people trained by the
ambulance service to respond immediately in emergencies. We collect funds
to help them buy essential equipment
Action- technology challenging poverty- a charity finding
practical solutions for ordinary people living in difficult conditions
of the Peak District- an independent charity whose vision
is of a living, working Peak District that changes with the time but
remains beautiful forever.
- Some of my paintings explore subjects that I want to support; sales of 'They are us' original and prints contributed to Save the Children Child Refugee Crisis Fund and sales of 'Ashbourne Royal Shrovetide Football' contribute to the Ashbourne Shrovetide Players Committee.
- I am chairman of Peak District Artisans a group of 60 professional artists and designer makers.
How do I
monitor what I do?
How do I tell my customers what I do?
- I display
my Peak District Environmental Quality Mark on my printed greeting cards
- I have
this page on my website
What do I need to improve?
- My cards and prints are bagged in cellophane
bags- I need to find alternatives
- An electric car would be good
- I need to look at the impact of framing