The Glass Bakery is working to become a "Greener", more Environmentally Aware and Responsible artisanal business by Reducing and Recycling as much as possible.
Here are some of the things I'm doing so far to help minimize my environmental footprint.
LED lights are used in the studio and solar lighting in the studio shop.
The kiln runs on "cleaner" Electric power rather than Propane.
The ambient temperature in the studio is heated no higher than 16C.
Passive Heat from the Kiln exterior bricks; natural solar energy through the studio window; (and wearing a sweater in winter), warms the studio to working temperature.
Administrative waste is recycled.
Wholesale packaging uses old newspapers, mail-outs and where available, repurposed boxes.
I try to use Bubble wrap with recycled content. The Bubble wrap is recyclable in most parts of Canada.
Kraft Brown Paper I use for padding is a biomaterial and 100% recyclable or compostable.
Scrap glass is taken to a facility in Halifax to be recycled into Septic sand. It's almost full circle!
REDUCING WASTE AND POLLUTION
Smaller pieces of raw material are used or repurposed.
Unbleached paper-based or cardboard protective packaging materials are favoured to reduce environmental waste.
Bubble Wrap is kept to a minimum to reduce consumption and waste, while balancing the need to avoid breakage (which would waste glass materials; the power used in repeat production and the environmental impact of repeat shipping).
Cleaning products are all Cruelty Free and Environmentally Friendly brands.
All of the images on this page are wildlife visitors and/or residents of The Glass Bakery
In an effort to reduce the Carbon Footprint of producing my studio-glass, I have donated to Tree Canada to off-set the energy used in my glass kilns.