Sustainability

As responsible members of the Filey community, it is our aim to exhibit and supply beautifully designed and well made artwork,  but we don’t want this to be at the expense of the earth or the people who live on it.  

The works for sale in the gallery are luxury items, and there is really no justification for damaging natural environments or exploiting workers in their creation.

On this page you will find information about our journey to becoming an ethical business.  ​

Our primary supply partner holds both PEFC (Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification schemes) and FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) Chain of Custody certifications, meaning that we can offer you the added reassurance and peace of mind about the source of the timber in our products.

‘Reduce, Reuse, Recycle’ summarises the strategy we follow to minimise the amount of materials, resources and energy that we use and the amount of waste which we produce from our business.

REDUCE

ENERGY 

The gallery utilises electricity from 100% renewable sources. In addition, lighting has been upgraded to LED or low energy strip lighting wherever possible. 

While it would be lovely to leave the door open in all weathers to welcome customers, in the interests of energy conservation, we keep it closed once outdoor temperatures start to drop. In addition, as you’ll be coming into the gallery from outside, we don’t overheat the interior, making it more comfortable for you and reducing energy requirements.

We use instant water heating taps in our kitchen and bathroom to eliminate the need to have hot water available all day long and even use a low energy, instant coffee maker.

MATERIALS

We order materials based on requirements rather than in advance, thereby reducing potential wastage. We also ensure efficient usage of all materials by careful pattern measurement and cutting.

We fit recyclable corner protectors to your artwork to protect it and to prevent wasteful rework. We won’t routinely wrap your art, unless requested, further reducing waste.

We supply a large range of FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) and PEFC (Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification) certified mouldings.

TRANSPORT MILES

All of the artwork in our gallery is by UK based artists (primarily Yorkshire based) and is produced within the UK, reducing the carbon footprint involved in transportation. We also prioritise local suppliers for consumables where we can.

Wherever possible, we utilise public transport as an alternative to driving or flying.

RE-USE

PACKAGING

We encourage our suppliers to reduce unnecessary packaging, or substitute packaging materials for more environmentally friendly alternatives. As items arrive with us, we ensure that we reuse as much packaging as possible for your purchases. Where we can, we return items such as postage tubes back to our suppliers for reuse.

OFF-CUTS

Wherever possible, glass, moulding and mount off-cuts are retained so that they can be reused for smaller works in future. Alternatively, we produce standard sized budget frames with our off-cuts to further reduce wastage.

REUSABLE CONSUMABLES

We avoid using single-use consumables where we can (eg using microfibre cloths rather than paper roll)

COMMUNITY REUSE

We offer local community groups and artists the opportunity to receive our spare glass, mouldings, mounts etc for alternative uses such as art materials and fuel for wood burners (please contact us if this would benefit your group).

RECYCLE

Where waste materials can be neither eliminated nor reused, they are separated into recyclable and non-recyclable streams as they are created.

Wherever possible, recyclable materials are used in preference to non-recyclable materials (eg. the use of recyclable bubble-wrap, recyclable film wrap and the use of paper bags vs plastic bags).

error: Content is protected !!
%d bloggers like this: