Environmental Impact: 9 Things to Decrease Your Impact Now

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9 Things Creatives Can do to Decrease Their Environmental Impact

November 18, 2015

So you’ve decided you want to decrease your environmental impact as a creative professional. You’ve read some

a

rticles

,

but you’re not exactly sure what the next step is. Sure, w

e all know it’s best to replace old incandescent bulbs for

energy-efficient

ones, but what if you’re ready to dive deeper? Start here with 9 things you can do to decrease your environmental impact as a creative professional.


1. Transportation.

This point might be obvious to some of you, but to others it’s a no-brainer to get into a 6 cylinder car every morning and drive 15 miles to our creative work space. For most of us, this is how we pollute the most – in our cars transporting ourselves to work and home again everyday. This impact can be significantly decreased by transiting, biking, or car pooling with neighbors. If those options aren’t for you, then consider live/work spaces where you literally work where you live and live where you work.


2. Packaging and shipping items.


If you are a creative who ships art across the country or around the globe, think about what materials you are using to ship your art and where the materials come from. More often than not, there is the option to use recycled

packaging

. Also, your customers will appreciate your move to

greener

packaging.


3. Buy local.


Instead of buying that awesome paint or gear on the internet from a store located halfway around the world, try sourcing the product

locally

. This is the same for canvasses, materials, and food. By buying local you’re not only reducing your environmental impact, you’re also supporting the local economy that surrounds you and would be interested in displaying or purchasing your locally hand-crafted art.


4. Use recycled materials.

I’m not here to tell you how to be creative – but one way to significantly decrease your impact is by trading in your art supplies for more environmentally friendly options. Using

recycled materials

can actually inspire more creativity and using reclaimed metals and plastics is easier on the environment. Plus, there are hundreds of options for eco-friendly pens, paper, and paints (many can be found at your local art supply store, but

here

is a website to get started). And don’t throw away that art piece from 2 years ago!

Recycle

it into something else that’s new and fresh!


5. Stop printing ‘daily’ items.


This one may seem like a no-brainer, but a lot of creatives still print daily items such as menus, reports, and calendars. Although there is some benefit in holding paper, this is a huge daily environmental impact. There are some great

apps

for organization on your phone and computer that can be used instead.


6. Electricity consumption.


The majority of electricity used in our homes is from our electronic devices. This includes the printer, computer, toaster, fridge, and dryer. When you’re not using a device, like the printer or blender,

unplug

it from the wall or use a power strip and flip the

off

switch. Those little flashing lights consume energy (and money) – which might seem negligible, but over-time, adds up.


7. Throw away less.


Instead of throwing away your magazines, old clothes, shoes, etc. use them in creative

projects

to make art that has a recycled message.


8. Remote collaboration and teleworking.


This is tied to transportation – with a stable internet connection and a webcam, a meeting that once needed to be held in person can now be held

remotely

. Instead of flying from one state to another, save yourself some time and decrease your environmental impact by setting up an online

conference

call. For even more information on working remotely (and to learn how to talk your boss into allowing it),

check out our class from Darren Murph

.


9. Create art.


The last tip here, and maybe the most important one, is

continue to create

art

.

Keep creating art that inspires, touches, and brings to light everyday issues that we are all struggling with. Whether you decide to bring environmental issues into your art, or you decide to change the way you live and work; being more conscious of our environmental impact is a process, and so is the change that comes along with it.

This is is a syndicated post. Read the original at www.creativelive.com

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