Together let's plant some trees!
As a photographer and a dog lover, I love the great outdoors. I've been lucky enough to have some amazing experiences around the world, from spending three months living in the mountainous Bernese Oberland in Switzerland to hiking the Inca Trails in Peru. It was absolutely amazing to see the most beautiful parts of those countries, as well as being lucky enough to explore places much closer to home, such as the Scottish Highlands with its lochs, mountains and forests.
I strongly believe in doing our part to help the environment. When the Covid-19 lockdown started, I made a conscious effort to make sure we had as little food waste as possible. They say chicken soup is good for the soul - well it's also good for the pocket! After we've gotten a good two meals out of a whole chicken (sometimes with frozen leftovers for another meal as well), I now use the bones to make stock and can get another 3-4 bowls of soup out of each chicken, just adding a few veg and herbs. Not only am I getting my money's worth, I'm creating meals out of something that would normally just be thrown away.
As a photographer, I'm aware that there is an environmental impact to what I do. Creating prints and wall art to display your favourite images uses paper, wood and other materials, as well as the packaging to keep your artwork safe in transit. As much as I would like this to be as environmentally friendly as possible, sometimes there isn't any alternative to using products and processes which have a negative carbon impact - although I'm always on the look out for new ideas.
My printed guides are now all made from recycled paper, and I'm going to be transitioning my other printed stationery including business cards, vouchers and leaflets to recycled paper as my current stocks run low. I also try to reuse the packaging as much as possible where I can.
So what's this got to do with trees?
I came across an initiative called Ecologi (formerly Offset Earth), which is a subscription service enabling people to offset their carbon footprint by planting trees! Trees are literally the lungs of the world - they take in carbon dioxide and release oxygen - so the more trees we have the better our planet will be.
Ecologi supports the non-profit Eden Reforestation Project working to plant mangrove trees in Madagascar, which capture up to four times as much carbon per acre than tropical rainforests. However, the trees that are planted now are a step in planning for carbon reductions in the future, so alongside this project, Ecologi uses certified offsets from other existing projects to help carbon reductions today, such as renewable energy and protecting the Amazon Rainforest.
Together, let's plant trees!
I've signed up as a business subscriber to Ecologi, meaning that I pay a monthly subscription to offset my own carbon footprint, including business travel such as driving to your photo shoot. But I wanted to do more - and plant more trees!
So here's the good news - for EVERY client who books with me, I'm planting 25 trees with Ecologi!
I'm always looking for new ways to improve sustainability, and the first step is to plant these trees to offset the environmental impact of your photo shoot and artwork order, so that together we can protect the planet for future generations.
You can view my forest and find out more about Ecologi on their website. My trees are only saplings at the moment but together we can make them grow!