Packaging & Recycling
Taking care of our waste requires a team effort. To collect and manage waste and increase recycling is a collective action that I think we need to take, but what can we do? I have for example chosen to focus on producing as locally as possible, to reduce transports, and to choose packaging made from recycled materials.
As my shop grows I will be able to replace packaging and materials with more environmentally friendly options (as many of these are more expensive than the standardised, less eco-friendly options, I have to be able to afford them first).
I will tell you how to recycle the things you find in my shop:
Posters & Prints
My posters and prints are printed on paper from Arctic Paper, which is certified by the Forest Stewardship Council. They use bio-fuel (wood pellets) for all energy generation at their mill. You can read more on their website.
The posters and prints are printed in Järfälla, Sweden, with the offset technique. My printer always make sure there is as little waste as possible, which require that we plan the annual printing carefully.
—You can recycle my prints as paper.
My notebooks are produced in Lithuania from recycled paper.
—You can recycle the whole notebook as paper.
Tubes & Kraft mailers
The tubes I send posters in are produced from unbleached, recycled paper. They are made up of several layers of 80g acid-free paper. The mailers are produced from recycled paper from cardboard boxes. They are both produced in Germany.
—You can recycle the tubes and mailers as paper.
Lids & Tape
Lids for the paper tubes are made from plastic. They are there to make sure to water or moist enter the tube. I have not yet found an option for this, but I am searching. The tape I use is made from recycled plastic.
—Please recycle these as plastic.
Plastic Mailer bags*
The ones I currently use are made from recycled shopping bags (polythene). I have as of February 2020 found a biodegradable option and will soon change to these.
*I have to send my prints protected in something waterproof, I started out with a plastic free shop but many of my orders arrived destroyed from rain and moist and had to be replaced, so now I send them protected.
Stickers & their bags
I have chosen plastic stickers as the majority of my customers wish to apply them to hiking equipment or other outdoorsy situations, where biodegradable stickers would quickly disintegrate.
The current batches of stickers I have are made from polypropylene plastic, which has the same properties but not the toxicity that makes PVC a concern for people and the environment. This is in order to make them waterproof, UV-resistant, scratch-resistant and they will generally peel off in one go instead of being ripped off in smaller pieces. They have an acrylic-based adhesive which can endure cold and hot weather. They are produced in Sweden.
These are however not generally recyclable as they are made up of different layers of materials (adhesive, sticker and coating) which cannot be separated easily (This also goes for paper stickers). A standardised recycling process for these is still under progress and so far they have to be recycled in specific facilities and these vary from country to country.
If I see no progress within the coming years I might discontinue selling plastic stickers.
However, the bags they come in are made from plant matter and are completely biodegradable and compostable.
—You might be able to recycle the stickers depending on your country, their bags are compostable.
Cellophane is derived from natural sources such as wood (cellulose), while plastic wrap is made from oil. Unlike plastic, cellophane can't be recycled, but it is biodegradable, so it can be composted or sent to a landfill in the regular garbage. When buried or composted, uncoated cellulose film typically breaks down in an average of 28 to 60 days. Coated cellulose breakdown ranges from 80 to 120 days.
Our wool handcraft is wrapped in cellophane to protect it from dirt and moist.
—Please recycle as compost
My frames are made from wood from oak, grown and produced in Northern Europe.
—Please recycle as wood