I am passionate about taking action on climate change. This country’s inaction is insane and outrageous and so incredibly frustrating. While individuals and small businesses obviously don’t have nearly as much impact as government policy and the behaviours of large corporations, I still try to be as environmentally-friendly as possible. In taking these comparatively tiny actions, my real hope is to be part of a wide-spread momentum towards far greater change.
Here are some of the things I do to reduce my carbon footprint and/or support the environment (some of these things are business oriented, others are things I do both as an individual and as a business owner - it’s all pretty entwined for me as a sole trader doing the majority of my work from home):
I do my business and personal banking with Bank Australia; they don’t invest in fossil fuels, or other shit things.
I buy electricity from Powershop, who provide carbon neutral electricity by offsetting carbon emissions via renewable energy assets. Unfortunately this still means I’m using fossil fuels; the plan is to install solar panels asap, as well as getting rid of gas from our property altogether.
I only photograph weddings in Victoria - I don’t take return flights for a day’s work.
I drive a small fuel-efficient car, and I maintain it well so it will last a long time.
I don’t buy plastic packaging where possible. I reuse plastic, paper and cardboard packaging when I can. My mailing bags are compostable, my delivery boxes are made from recycled cardboard, I use a paper alternative to bubblewrap, and the gifts I include for couples are locally-bought and environmentally-focused. My thank you cards are printed on recycled card using environmentally-friendly processes by PrintTogether. My USBs are made from bamboo.
I make monthly donations to Seed, Australia’s first Indigenous youth climate network, and the Climate Council, to support communication about climate change.
I try to buy quality locally-made clothes to wear on wedding days, and the rest of the time I wear mostly second hand clothes. The majority of my home and studio furniture is also second hand.
I love gardening, and plant loads of indigenous trees, shrubs and flowers local to our area. Recent cohabitants include kookaburras, rosellas, a pair of tawny frogmouths, a blue tongue lizard, and an echidna.
In 2019, I’ll be switching to a Super fund that doesn’t invest in fossil fuels.
In mid-2019, I’m planning on doing a carbon audit of my business so I can learn more about my specific emissions and how to target them. This will include looking into carbon offsets for any areas I can’t reduce effectively.
This is a work in progress, and I’ll update the above list as I go. If you have any ideas about how I can improve, email me - I’m all ears!