Follow Our Eco Friendly Journey


Our Mission - To Become An Eco Friendly Small Business by 2021!


Our Inspiration

This stunning beach (above) is ─░ztuzu Beach, in Turkey. ─░ztuzu means Turtle - and it is known as Turtle Beach because it is one of the Mediterranean nesting sites of the loggerhead turtle. The beach follows special rules to protect it, and laws are enforced.

This beautiful beach offers truly spectacular scenes and to arrive there, you have to go over the mountains, via Dolmus (bus) or via a boat trip, both of which, offer spectacular scenery and form part of the magnificent trip.

The beach is open to the public, from 8am to 8pm - and after, that the beach is prohibited to the general public so the Turtles can do their thing!

Because it is one of the nesting sites, the beach hosts a Turtle Hospital, which is a must see for anyone visiting the area - although, one thing we found, and were not expecting, are the emotions it aroused...


Turtle Hospital (Kaptan June Sea Turtle Conservation Foundation) is a foundation of volunteers which relies solely on public donations and the donations of worldwide universities, who send their veterinary students there, for hands on experience. The purpose of the Hospital is to help obtain valuable research, but also to help protect, rescue & rehabilitate the turtles, with the view to putting them back into the ocean - their natural environment.

While there, we saw baby turtles. We learnt that every morning, the volunteers go down to the beach to see if there have been any hatchlings overnight. If there have, they then dig down, into the nest, to see if there are any stuck in the nest - usually due to them being weaker than the rest. If there are any, they take them back to the Hospital and when they are of full strength, they are released back into the wild. These were super adorable!

However, there were some upsetting cases.

One had been brought into the hospital, that morning, (see the image to the left) because he was swimming lopsidedly. They stated that this is usually because there is an infection - and they believed this was as a result of it ingesting plastic.

They taught us that when turtles ingest plastic, this causes an infection. This infection then causes them to release gas. The gas is released & trapped, under the shell, which in turn creates an air pocket. Once the air pocket is present, this causes an unnatural buoyancy (known as a Buoyancy Disorder) in the turtles. This unnatural buoyancy prevents the turtles from being able to submerge, for food and become more vulnerable to boat strikes, predation and entanglements.

Seeing these turtles, in the large, unnatural, water containers, looking so downcast and completely defenceless, is what made us think - we may only be a small business, but there must be something we can do - and so, this is the reasoning behind our goal of becoming a plastic free, more eco-friendly, small business by 2021!


So, what are we doing about it?


Earbuds...

Did you know, Earbuds are one of the oceans top polluters?

When infilling your gifts, we use enamel. Once that enamel has dried, we use a solution to wipe away the excess. Unfortunately, using a cloth removes the whole of the enamel and the most effective way of keeping the colour in your pieces, is using Earbuds. We use a lot of these, and so one of the first things we did, was we switched from plastic headed ones to paper headed ones. As a result of this, we have helped contribute to the 11 million plastic stems not entering our waste streams or waterways EVERY YEAR!


Changes To Our Packaging

Trying to source reasonably priced packaging, has been a tough search. We have struggled with keeping our postage & packaging costs down and finding low cost recyclable, eco-friendly packaging. But, we are getting there and it is something we are continually working on.

LARGER PACKAGES...

When packaging larger items, we have always used recyclable kraft paper BUT lots of bubble wrap - to keep your frames etc safe during transit!

TARGET: Source biodegradable bubblewrap, once our current roll runs out - OR - cardboard Box Frame postal boxes.

GIFT BOX PACKAGING...

We have worked really hard to ensure that, when you purchase a gift box, its depth is no larger than 2.5cm. Keeping packaging as small as possible not only reduced your postage costs, but it also reduces our Carbon footprint because we try to not to add unnecesary weight through extra packaging.

To do this, we use mailing bags - currently these are none recyclable and therefore...

TARGET: Source biodegradable and reasonably priced mailing bags.

SMALLER PACKAGING

Approximately 95% of the items we post, come under category and so this was of highest priority to us!

PADDED ENVELOPES

Originally, we used Padded Envelopes (Jiffy Bags) - to ensure your items were properly protected with the extra padding. However, it is impossible to separate the paper from the bubblewrap and so again, we went searching the internet - for a suitable alternative - and we *think* we have found the solution! Recyclable cardboard mailer jackets. These arrive in a much smaller box too - which in turn reduces our carbon footprint again!

There are currently in use and will be reviewed over the next few months.

PIP BOXES

When an item would be too large (larger than 2.5cm), using the padded envelopes - and therefore costing you more, we use pip boxes. There are recyclable cardboard boxes which come with a closing flap at the front.

One of the most frustrating things, about these boxes, is that the front flap never stays taut and ALWAYS pops back out. This has meant we have had to use cellotape to keep them shut - until recently!

Through lots of trial and error, we have sourced some pip boxes where the front flap stays in place, meaning we just had to increase the size of our address labels to act as a security tag also. We are currently happy with this process!!

Packaging for Prints...

We have always mailed our A5 & A4 Prints using hardbacked envelopes. These are 100% recyclable - YAY - but in a Poly Wallet - BOO!

Our A3 Prints usually arrive in a carboard tube (which can be recycled) but with plastic end caps and with the Print arriving in a Poly Wallet.

TARGET: Source 100% Recycleable Poster Tubes & Biodegradeable Wallets.

ADDITIONAL EXTRAS

BUSINESS CARDS - not recyclable, print as I go, no waste,

NO PACKING SLIPS

RECYCLING OTHER PEOPLE'S PACKAGING

TUMBLER - 10 ITEMS - ELECTRICITY

 


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