The world doesn't need anymore of our waste.

At the heart of Solstice Studios is the priority to look after our planet, because every person, animal, and plant on Earth has the right to exist. We need to ensure that the things we do, buy, and eat all have low impacts on the environment before it’s too far gone. I consider all factors when making and selling products, such as using materials that are plastic free, biodegradable, recycled, have a low carbon foot print, and free of toxic chemicals.

  • In order for the products to have a low carbon footprint and to avoid having a negative impact on the planet, I source the materials from suppliers that follow good environmental and social practices. Whenever possible, I use suppliers that are local or share the same land mass in order to reduce the use of air miles covered by the materials.
  • Plastic Free
    Plastic exploded into the world around 110 years ago. Since then, it has been used in practically everything, but it doesn’t break down and degrade like natural matter. It will be here for thousands of years and we are just now beginning to see the devastating effects; killing marine life, polluting soils, polluting water supplies, eventually ending up as microplastics in our food and our bodies. Single use plastics have been abused to satisfy our desire to have everything wrapped and appear perfect, but is a luxury that serves no real purpose. Solstice Studios avoids using plastic in any of the products, shipping, materials, glues, or raw materials. We fully understand that plastic has become essential in certain industries, such as medical purposes, safety equipment, outdoor, and extreme sports. However, now is the time to start using plastic only where absolutely necessary.
  • Clay
    The clay used is sourced from the UK, from which a lot of it recycled clay from various bits and pieces that don’t get used. We are in the process of making clay ourselves from powder form.
  • Precious Metals
    When possible I buy recycled Sterling Silver & Gold. Occasionally I cannot get hold of it.
  • Leather
    The leather used is always vegetable tanned to avoid leather tanned using Chromium salts. Tanning leather with Chromium salts results in large quantities of hazardous waste and dangerous working conditions.

    The leather is also sourced from animals as a by-product of the meat industry, meaning no animals were harmed for the sole purpose of obtaining their leather.  Although it is an animal product, I believe that it is a far better alternative to plastic. It is totally biodegradable, hard wearing, and can be repaired. Leather working is an ancient practice for good reason.

  • Textiles
    If I use cotton I only use organic, to avoid supporting the conventional method of growing and processing cotton using pesticides, herbicides, oils, and waxes. 1kg of cotton can require up to 10,000 liters of water, where suitable I will use hemp, bamboo or alternatives to cotton since it requires such a large amount of water.

  • Glues
    I use homemade glues such as casein glue, lots of Recipes for the glues can be found online, this was a pre-PVA glue which had many uses. Occasionally I use water based glues such as ‘EcoWeld’.

  • Inks & Dyes
    All of the stamps and printing inks are made from natural ingredients. Wherever possible, I make my own inks and dyes. The screen printing inks are UK made and water based in order to avoid the toxic PVC inks widely used in this industry.

Recipes for the homemade glue, inks, and dyes can be found on the articles page.

All of the packaging is 100% plastic and petro-chemical free!

  • Paper
    I used recycled paper and occasionally I make paper as well 🙂
  • Cardboard
    Until I can make cardboard, I will continue to use recycled cardboard, sourced and made in the EU/UK.
  • Tape
    I use solvent and acid free recycled kraft paper tape. It uses a natural latex based adhesive, is completely biodegradable, compostable, and vegan. Sourced and made in the EU/UK.
  • Filler
    Over years of receiving packages, I have saved the paper and cardboard filler so it can be re-used when sending out packages.
  • Cellulose Film
    Derived from renewable wood pulp, these are biodegradable and produce ecotoxity free biomass. These are used in the process of making positives for screen printing.

There is very minimal, if any, waste produced while making these products. Any waste is correctly recycled.

  • Ceramics
    When making ceramics there is no waste! Any clay that drys out, or can’t be used gets recycled and used for later projects.
  • Jewellery
    Any silver/gold pieces not used are retrieved and kept for eventually melting down and re-using.
  • T-Shirts/Clothing Printing
    Any left over ink is put into a container and re-used.
  • Leather Products
    The minimal waste that is produced during the production of a wallet is small cuttings of leather, which is kept in a scrap box and used for tooling and other odd jobs.
  • Soap
    There is no waste made in the production of the soap. The final product is a sum of all the ingredients. The molds are made from recycled wood and use a paper inner that is reused each time.

Whenever possible, I make required tools. The screen printing press and frames are made from local FSC Approved wood, milled by a local business and put together using the homemade casein glue and stainless steel staples.  Unfortunately, I have to use a Polyester mesh for the screens, but I am researching and trying to source silk mesh. This is difficult because 99% of the industry has switched to using Polyester. Once I have found a working silk alternative (feels like we are re-inventing the wheel here) I will make it available on the shop.

All plastic tools are avoided, as these are often poor quality and cannot be serviced.

I aim to have all of the tooling and equipment completely plastic free by 2021.

I use a green hosting service by Green Geeks, which puts back 3 times the amount of power they use over the year back into the grid. This appears to be the greenest option currently available.