My interest in environmental issues and zero-waste lifestyles is something that I'm exploring in my personal and business life. The impact we have on our planet can be overwhelmingly scary, but small changes can make a big difference and be surprisingly easy to put into place.
Here are some steps I've taken towards becoming more sustainable.
Alongside efforts to reduce energy use and waste, Billie Brook Photography is part of the Native Forest Restoration Trust's Carbon-Partner Program. Through this partnership, contributions towards the Permanent Forest Sink Initiative at Pigeon Bush near Wellington help maintain and restore native bush which mitigates the carbon created by me and my business. Carbon reduction projects like this provide benefits to the global climate and also the local community. You can read more about these benefits here.
In an effort to reduce waste, my parcels come in wooden boxes made by the ethically minded Wooden Box Company in Central Otago. I avoid plastic and disposable packaging in all of my business practice as much as possible. Photographic prints are stored in re-usable cotton bags and all notes are written on 100% recycled card. For client gifts, I support New Zealand based businesses that have a sustainable and ethical ethos. Within Wellington CBD, I either hand deliver my parcels or use bicycle couriers, preferably the wonderful Nocar Cargo.
In order to give back a little, Billie Brook Photography donates to a selected charity every two months with a focus on environmental and social justice based organisations.
The current charity is Epilepsy New Zealand. They offer educational services to professionals and the public, as well as vital support for those dealing with epilepsy. Approximately 1 in every 100 people in New Zealand will develop epilepsy at some stage in their life. There are varying degrees of the brain disorder that can range from small mental seizures to serious physical ones.
Check them out and support them below...