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BUSINESS: Go Greener For 2012 by Iris von Brandstatter of www.irisb-design.com


When I started my jewellery and textile design business, I never thought that just a few months down the road of creative expression, I would turn my studio into a green and ethical enterprise.


There were plenty of scare stories: “You’ll never be able to do that during a recession!” and “You are only a one-woman show, it will be too expensive!” etc. which could have put me off but let me assure you – it is possible. Small steps are still worth the effort and every single one of us, no matter what our artistic genre, can step up a notch when it comes to a more eco-friendly and ethical approach. A really good starting point on all things eco-friendly is the Environment and Greener Living website, which I visit often.


51 | ukhandmade | Winter 2011


Here I share a few of the things I have learnt along my own path to becoming a greener and more ethical artisan in the hope to inspire…


Energy-saving Electricity, it’s everywhere and we have become so used to it that we


pay little attention to our sockets, safe in the knowledge that they do the job with a flick of a switch. This invisible power we so easily overlook is zapping our grid of unnecessary energy. In my own quest to tackle this particular issue, I made little signs as prompters on each socket


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