Things we do to be more ethical

We try our best in our every day lives to embrace ethical, eco-friendly and sustainable living. As photography becomes a bigger part of our life we want to make sure our business also reflects these values and we are doing our bit to look after the world and our local community.

We provide ethical wedding photography in the following ways:

1) Wedding Albums

In finding our partner for producing wedding albums we wanted to use a company who are as ethical as they can be when printing photographs onto card. Thankfully we found a small Scottish company called The Wee Album Company. They have several types of album but we chose to use a linen covered album (so as not to use leather - perfect for our vegan clients) that comes in a bespoke recycled cardboard box. That might sound like a cheap alternative to regular wedding albums and you know what!? It is! Our albums are less expensive than our competitors but beautifully hand crafted without compromising on quality. 

Our albums, as well as our locally made Kraft natural cardboard boxes, incorporate natural and recycled materials as well as materials from sustainable sources, and our ‘Green’ biodegradable bubble wrap is an innovative and environmentally friendly protective packaging solution.

In fact, wherever possible, everything we do is made by hand, in Scotland, using the most environmentally sustainable methods available.
— https://www.the-wee-album-company.com/aboutus.asp
Wee Album Company - Ethical Albums

2) Online galleries only

By using online galleries to deliver to our clients we are not using plastics and silicon to create USB memory sticks. It might only be a small contribution but it is a start. As the internet becomes quicker and cloud storage the norm we will see the decline of USB sticks - we need to make sure that they are recycled carefully and dont just become another piece of plastic drifting around the world.

 

3) Eco friendly Business Cards and Flyers

Our new business cards are made from 100% recycled cotton. That means they are completely tree free and by using t-shirt offcuts, help eliminate unnecessary waste!

Our flyers are always printed on recycled paper.

 

 

4) Supporting the local community

We are friends of Transition Bollington - a grass roots community group working towards a more green and sustainable future for the town of Bollington. We support by offering free photography for the group, being responsible for their new instagram page and offering awesome prizes for members!

Bee!

5) Donating to charity

Starting in 2019 we are donating 5% of the money we get for covering every wedding to the local charity, Just Drop-In. We will also be offering our services to them when we are able and Gabby will be raising money for them through sponsorship for running events such as the Macclesfield Half marathon. Read more about Just Drop-In and what they offer by clicking here!

Just Drop-In

6) Bank Account

We are switching our bank account to an ethical bank. (Yes, they do exist!) We have chosen to go with Triodos Bank, a world leader in sustainable banking. 

Triodos Bank - An ethical bank!

7) Plantable Gift Certificates

We offer gift certificates for family shoots and training courses. These are printed on plantable paper allowing people to grow wildflowers from their gift certificate and help keep their garden in bloom and the bees happy! 

We use Wildflower Favours to source our paper and they also do plenty of paper based wedding products to help with your eco-friendly wedding plans!

Wildflower Favours
 

Read our blog about having a more ethical wedding by clicking here!