Environmental Responsibility and Initiatives:
As a manufacturing business that processes large amounts of materials to make our finished products, we acknowledge that with this comes the responsibility to actively reduce our environmental impact.
This involves first being hyper aware of every bit of our waste material and identify each individual waste and recycling stream created by our production process. By doing that we were able to develop creative ways to divert as much of our “waste” as possible.
These are the key methods that we use to reduce our impact:
- Filling up and storing large bins full of frame off cuts after the frames are cut to their chosen size (wood and polystyrene). Once we have 4 - 5 of these bins, they are picked up by truck to be brought back to the frame molding manufacturer who then recycles the off cut materials to re process them into new products. This process diverts approximately 2.5 - 3 tonnes of waste per year.
- Maintaining a thorough recycling program to ensure that all materials that are recyclable are diverted into municipal and private recycling collection and processing systems. Through these programs we are able to recycle close to 100% of all corrugated cardboard, foam board, mat board, plastic bottles, cans, and glass containers.
- Developing and operating a free material program, called Art Share London. The core aspect of this initiative is to enable our community to select and pick up or have delivered, various materials that may otherwise be recycled or send to landfill. This is mutually beneficial as we are able to provide people and organizations with free material and also reduce our environmental impact. These materials are mostly from packaging material and material off cuts which still have value. We are also able to connect hard to recycle plastics and lumber with those who can reclaim them for other uses. For more information about this program and its self-funded social enterprise, Art Share London, contact Jonny at email@example.com
- Reusing cardboard boxes to ship our frames to our main wholesale client. We package and ship our finished products (framed art prints) with bubble wrap and inside cardboard boxes. Once the product is received by the warehouse staff at the client’s facility, they then break down each box and pill them flat onto wood skids to send back to use to reuse. We are able to use these boxes multiple times until they are no longer structural capable to protect the frame, at which case they are recycled.
- Reusing scrap and off cut materials in our operation as much as possible. For example, we are able to use craft paper (in between each pane of glass) as a packaging material, mat board off cuts are used as d-ring covers at the back of large frames and as backing board for smaller frames, large pieces of cardboard are cut down and used as a packaging material and backing board, glass off cuts are always cut down and used as glass for our smallest frames.
- Returned frames from our wholesale customers are always carefully taken apart. Based on each frames condition, each item is either reused, recycled or given away through the Art Share program. This ensures that as much possible of the damaged frame is able to be reclaimed.
- Most standard sized wood pallets that we receive our materials in are reused for sending large shipments of our finished products. Any size that is not needed is given away for free at the curbside.
Based on our own calculations we estimate that through the above initiates we are able divert over 92% of our waste products from going into the landfill. We are continuously working to maintain and increase this diversion rate by developing new ways to divert our waste and creating plans for every new material that enters our manufacturing process. It also means being mindful of what types of materials we use and from the suppliers we choose to do business with. We prefer to work with businesses that are forward thinking and share the same commitment to our responsibilities.