S U S T A I N A B I L I T Y
As part of my effort for ocean protection and awareness, I am a signatory to RISE UP. Powered by Oceano Azul Foundation and other institutions, this is a joint call to action from a broad group of civil society, fisher folk, Indigenous peoples, and philanthropic organisations directed to governments and businesses, urging them to take the actions required to set the ocean on a course to recovery.
Resolving the issues regarding climate change need systemic solutions and policies, and is within our horizon of possibility. This can only be achieved by a collective effort, not by an individual one. However, whenever I can I chose materials with a smaller impact on the environment. For this reason, I am particularly keen in working with ethically sourced, handmade recycled cotton paper and natural pigments.
Cotton is a crop with a high water demand. The cotton industry depends heavily on pesticides, with workers and the environment exposed to them during the production process. This can lead to the workers' poisoning, birth defects in their children, and even death. Pesticides from farming also have a very negative impact on the ecosystem.
On the other hand, industrial pigments used in art supplies can be hazardous to the environment during their productive stages as well as in the final product, often labeled as fish poisonous. Therefore, as of 2020 I turned to non-toxic, handmade natural pigments, either from mineral or botanical sources. I do a very few of the botanical pigments myself.
I sometimes use bamboo paper, considered a more environmental-friendly choice than wood pulp, and cruelty-free synthetic brushes.
I take all possible measures to limit the use of raw materials, and for this reason, I'll still use art supplies previously acquired.