I believe that the production of eco-friendly /environmentally conscious art needs to incorporate packaging.
I try to reuse packaging material wherever I can and have ended up with crates full of bubble wrap, tissue papers, shredded paper and assorted boxes and envelopes. I had intended to use this material when sending out originals and hand-finished prints directly from my studio.
However, Alice Sheridan and Louise Fletcher, two lovely UK artists, have pointed out in one of their podcasts* that nice packaging is part of the experience when buying a piece of art and that the wrong packaging could send the message that the artist does not really care about the work they have sold...
The prints I ordered from The Print Space to check out their work before launching my first limited edition prints came in a sturdy cardboard tube - there was a bit of bubble wrap used as a protective layer, but it was green (in both colour and credentials!)
I personally like my packaging as minimalist as possible. While it is really helpful to be able to order whatever we need online, I have also noticed how much packaging material most orders generate. (In many cases I have found that the bigger the supplier, the more wasteful the packaging!)
I have found a UK company who can supply recycled and recyclable packaging materials and offers a plastic free delivery. Unfortunately, some of the sturdy envelopes I ordered for the hand-finished prints I am currently working on are a fraction smaller than needed, so it is back to the drawing board for now...
I would love to hear your views - and any creative packaging solutions!
* Artjuice podcast, episode 120