Everybody can do something for the environment, including a supplier of fine art materials. To us, sustainability means safeguarding the future, being socially responsible and making our eco-footprint as small as possible. In our pursuit of eco-friendly environmental best practices and products in our industry helps us reach our goal of sustainability.
Our building and equipment used only environmentally certified materials and painted with low VOC paint, we use non-toxic cleaning products and we recycle shipping boxes and packing material. We've installed efficient windows and lighting fixtures throughout our facility and programmed our thermostats so that we use less energy.
We know that being environmentally conscious is important to our customers as well. We’re also committed to offering you art materials that are environmentally friendly because of the way they’re formulated, manufactured or packaged. These products are made with sustainable materials or using renewable energy. These products are listed below by product category for your convenience.
A major priority is reducing hazardous chemical use is a key challenge for all paint manufacturers. Cadmium, a heavy metal that when added to artists’ paint creates an intrinsic quality that many artists value and that is currently hard to replicate artificially.
We carry alternatives like cadmium free colours from our valued professional ranges, (ex: Liquitex or hue colours), thus reducing the heavy metals that could potentially be released into the environment. But at the same time, we recognise the role that cadmium plays in our professional ranges.
M. Graham artists’ oil colour is made with pure walnut oil and is solvent-free, and with no fillers or additives and the walnut oil does not yellow with time. Cleans easily with environmental friendly brush cleaner.
The Weber wOil Water Mixable Artist Oil Colour and Artisan Water Mixable Oil Colour do not use traditional solvents, so you can clean up and wash brushes with brush soap and water; an excellent eco-friendly choice if you paint with oil colour.
Likewise, Artisan Varnish Remover safely removes Artisan varnishes from paintings for cleaning and re-varnishing.
Switching to renewable energy or “green power” an alternative energy source, significantly reduces energy-related GHG emissions and a highly renewable resource that is readily abundant and reliable, it is inherently one of the cleanest sources of power available, it does not contribute to global warming, nor does it produce any form of harmful waste. In addition, wind power conserves natural resources, using less than 5 percent of the land on which it is sited, minimizing habitat destruction and preserving open spaces, therefore, is an effective business strategy for combating climate change.
Strathmore pioneered the industry’s first line of recycled artist papers and recently, the company introduced the first line of artist papers manufactured with 100% certified renewable energy. Strathmore’s Wind Power Series, which includes drawing pads, watercolour pads, and sketch pads. High-quality artist papers made with 100 percent wind power, the Wind Power Series is produced using a pollution-free, renewable energy resource. All art supplies in this series are manufactured with emissions-free, wind-generated electricity through the purchase of 100 percent renewable energy credits, certified through the Green-e Marketplace Program administered by the CRS.
Recycled artist papers are another environmental alternative fibers, cotton, linen and hemp. The use of natural green alternative such as Awagami paper collection, "tree-friendly" fibers, for example bamboo, hemp, rice, linen and cotton. We carry a variety of archival art paper supplies made from recycled materials and alternative fibers that are considered environmentally friendly. Capitalizing on the use of recycled fibers to include high levels of post-consumer waste fibers. By using recycled materials in the paper-making process, the companies are helping to divert waste from landfills, consume less energy, and use less water than with virgin fibers (from new trees).
The cotton-based papers are made from cotton rags and recovered by-products of plants already grown for use in the textile industry. In addition, both cotton and hemp grow faster than trees, and harvesting them does not disturb natural ecosystems. In fact, one acre of hemp can produce as much usable fiber as four acres of trees. Hemp can also be pulped using fewer chemicals than wood because of its low lignin content, and its natural brightness eliminates the need for chlorine bleaching. Another advantage is that paper made from hemp can be recycled several more times than wood-based paper. Nature enthusiasts and environmentally conscious artists are devoted users of bamboo-fibre papers ranges from watercolour, acrylic, pastel and mix-techniques. Bamboo is a multi-year reed that produces more oxygen than a broadleaf tree.
A paper sizing substitute product is the vegan sizing, which use a plant-base and/or synthetic sizing. Another alternative sizing is created with animal by product made from left over materials after food processing. Thus, no animals are killed for the sole purpose of creating sizing like in watercolour papers (Ex: 500 Series Gemini Watercolour).
In the coming months, we’ll also be incorporating the green theme, "earth-friendly" by adding a green leaf symbol green icon to our green products to make them easy to identify throughout our site in our catalogs and into our store displays. In the meantime, you have our promise that we’ll continue to source even more green products and offer them to you at the best prices — online, in our catalogs, and in our stores.
If you are aware of other quality eco-friendly art supplies available, please feel free to contact us at [email protected]