I love sharing my art with people but don't want to hurt mother nature while doing it. To ensure transparency, here are all the steps I've taken to source the most local, sustainable, and ethically-produced materials and packaging for my products. My production includes many low-waste interventions to keep our lil planet as happy as possible :-)
Our seeded plantable paper sprout wildflowers and herbs! They are sourced from a Canadian company that produces biodegradable eco-paper. It is made with post-consumer materials (no trees harmed) and embedded with seeds. When the paper is planted in a pot of soil, the seeds grow and the paper composts away. This allows for a regenerative process. We love to see it!
- Fold up your seeded paper, the seeds can overlap.
- Prepare your pot/vessel/old pasta jar with 2/3 soil.
- Plant your paper and cover with ~1/8 inches of soil, tamp down gently.
- Germinate! Soak the soil, ensuring that it stays MOIST for the first ten days.
- Once you see little sprouts, keep it watered but not too much. As the plants look sturdier, water as needed.
- Ta-da! You have lil wildflowers!
The papers I use for printing are made of recycled materials and printed with eco-friendly inks where possible (low-waste printers or plant dyes):
- Postcards are printed on 100% biodegradable seed paper
- Greeting cards are printed on 100% acid-free and recycled paper
- Envelopes and sealing stickers (for greeting cards) are 100% kraft recycled paper
- Art prints are printed either on 100% acid-free and recycled paper, or 100% pure cotton paper (made of recycled t-shirts)
- Jewelry backs are made on natural pulp paper (90% recycled contents)
- Some sticker sheets are made of eco adhesive paper with Greenguard Gold Certified Ink
- Some stickers (sheets, packs, singles) are made with glossy sticker paper from a Forest Stewardship Council certified company - you can read their production standards here!
- Single kraft stickers are printed on 100% kraft paper sticker paper
We all hate wasteful plastic packaging that is non-recyclable or will take forever to dissolve at landfills (I'm looking at you, Amazon). Here is what goes into your little shipped package:
- My packaging for shipped products are produced by a Canadian company and made of 100% D2W biodegradable materials. The company only uses factories that offer a fair standard of living/quality of life to their employees with high safety standards. The packaging only has a 2-year life span!
- Labels used for addressing are made by Avery's Eco-Friendly line are are made of 100% post-consumer recycled content, processed Chlorine Free, and printed using soy based ink.
- Envelopes for letter mail orders are 100% kraft envelopes.
- The tissue paper used to cushion shipped products are kraft and recyclable / reusable. They contain, on average, 60% post-industrial and 10% post-consumer recycled content.
- My business cards are made of 100% uncoated, recycled post-consumer content.
I am also doing contact-less bike delivery to your porch within 3 kilometres of Liberty Village, Toronto. Approximately, that radius covers the area between Parkside Drive, Bloor Street, to University Avenue.