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 Wellington-based food 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 Kaibosh Food Rescue. Kaibosh are major heroes in my book, redistributing food to over 4000 people in need in the Wellington region each week! I was lucky enough to photograph a glimpse of a day in the life of the team at the Mt Cook branch. Thanks to the inspiring crew at One Percent Collective for organising this story...