It is important to me that I am not contributing to the increase of plastic waste but am doing something to re-purpose some of it.
I was delighted when I found Greencast acrylic which is made 100% recycled materials. I feel that up-cycling some of the plastic waste would mean I am not contributing to more plastic in the world. By raising the issues and letting people know recycled acrylic exists maybe it will inspire larger companies, who use acrylic, to do the same.
RECYCLED & RECYCLABLE
I use acrylic made from 100% recycled materials. It is also free from volatile organic compounds and hydrofluorocarbon. And it's recyclable which makes it even more environmentally friendly! I have a number of recycling bins in my studio for dealing with waste I am unable to process.
I have spent some time researching biodegradable packaging. I have green jiffy envelopes (padded with paper not bubble wrap) and brown paper tape (rather than plastic tape), cardboard boxes for packing and gift wrapping as well as ribbon made with wood pulp! So everything will biodegrade quickly and could even be put on a compost heap! Some gardeners recommend adding cardboard to the compost heap if it's too moist. So I am happy about that.
All our packaging is biodegradable and can be recycled. We use:
- 'Green Jiffy' bags filled with paper pulp
- Brown paper tape
- Eco-board boxes made from recycled board
- Recycled tissue paper padding
- Acetate ribbon made from wood pulp