Let's be honest; ceramics is not an eco friendly craft and therefore my practice is not. Clay and glaze materials are mined from the earth and firing uses a lot of energy. I'd love my studio off-set by clean energy solutions, but I'm not in a position to have that.
So where are you going with this sustainability chat Jemma?
I do work hard to make sustainable choices in my work. All of my packaging is plastic free and 100% recyclable - even the brown parcel tape is made from natural adhesive and can be recycled alongside the boxes. All of my boxes are made with minimum 75% recycled fibres and are 100% recyclable too. I use 100% biodegradable & compostable packing peanuts when posting my work also; these are starch based and made from renewable sources and according to my dog, are absolutely delicious.
If you receive too many of these in an order from me, they dissolve in water to reduce space in composting bins.
I'm conscious of waste in my making too; recycling my clay, firing low temps & not too often, using lead-free glazes and using/selling seconds but I'm constantly investigating where I can make environmentally positive choices in my business and I love working with my excellent stockists and local businesses that share my values too.
I'm not a 100% carbon-free business (I'd love to meet a potter who is!) but I'm 100% as sustainable as I can be.