Like all businesses, I consume natural resources and create waste as I make your work. The scale of my business means that my ecological footprint is relatively small. Nevertheless, like all of us, I can make a difference and am strongly committed to developing and implementing sustainable business practices, reducing consumption and minimising waste.
- All glass pieces are sorted and kept for use in future projects. Pieces that are deemed too small for me to reuse are donated to charities and schools for use in projects. (If you represent a charity or an educational establishment and would like bits of coloured glass donated for a project, please contact me!)
- Water used to clean and wet my brushes during use is retained and covered. When the paint has settled to the bottom, the water is poured away and the remaining 'sludge' is reused.
- Reusable bits of lead and support bars are reused in new work, when possible.
- All my lead scraps are initially offered to departments within Edinburgh College of Art who use them to create tools and equipment. Whatever cannot be used is sold to metal merchants who recycle it.
- Salvaged glass from restoration projects is retained for future use.
- As far as possible I reduce the number and amount of chemicals in my work. For example, unlike many studios I do not use any blacking agents, which include known carcinogens, for solder and lead. I also tend to use tallow as a flux, instead of harsh chemicals. Finally, any cleaning is done with biodegradable cleaners.
- Most of my design work and communications take place electronically, saving paper.