Reducing waste. ✴️So. I work with paper/paper products. Whenever possible, I purchase 100% recycled content (biz cards, flyers, drawing paper, etc.). If I can't, it's usually for archival reasons... I make sure that my artworks and photographs have a 50+, or even 100+ year no fade/no yellow guarantee. There is little to no waste of paper, anything over 2" gets saved in a "Reuse" pile. The good paper gets reused into these mini drawings (awe!), and anything that's damaged or dirty gets life as a cover paper, scratch paper, brainstorming, note taking, or something of this nature. I have a recycling box for all scraps, but I'm also learning paper-making (hello, new hobby!) as a way of giving even these scraps new life. ✴️I've changed several things since I began the studio, to create a more responsible routine. For example: I have begin using ink and a reusable nib pen or Sumi brush, rather than disposable ink marker type pens. ✴️ Things I'm working on: plastic sleeves! Since I do sell at markets and fairs, I still use archival plastic sleeves to protect the artwork that attends them. I have been hesitant to get anything less than waterproof, since it can get quite rainy! I've been worried about the shelf life/durability of more eco-friendly solutions.
Thanks for getting to the end again! These #marchmeetthemaker posts have gotten rather wordy! But, I suppose that is rather the point, isn't it? Lol.
How do you all do your part to #reducewaste ? 💜 Kathryn 💜