Sustainability in Art
Here at Enter Gallery, sustainability is something that is always top of our agenda. As a business based around prints, deliveries and framing, we know we have a lot of work to do to ensure we offset our activity. We are fully committed to caring for the planet that inspires all of the art we sell.
Reducing our Impact
We have the following standard initiatives in place to mitigate our impact:
1 – Recycling: We invite customers to return their Enter Gallery packaging to our Brighton Gallery. We offer a £10 voucher off your next order if returning packaging for one artwork, or £25 for returning the packaging of multiple artworks. Packaging is reused, then recycled with Brighton Paper Round. Currently, 77% of our packaging is recycled, offsetting 490kg of carbon dioxide each month.
2 – Sustainable partners: We ensure every supplier we use shares our environmental ethos. For example, our printers, Generation Press were named Environmental/ Sustainability Company of the Year, and our framers use Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) approved wood. We have also made the switch to the 100% recycled toilet paper company, Who gives a crap? who donate 50% of their profits to improving sanitation in the developing world.
3 – Renewable Energy: All energy used at Enter Gallery is from renewable sources.
4 – Paperless where possible: We are constantly searching for ways to stop using paper and all paper that we do use is recycled.
Making a bigger impact with Connecting the Roots
While the above steps are important, we knew we had to think bigger if we wanted to step up our contribution and make a more meaningful impact. For this reason, Enter Gallery has pledged £100,000 over the next decade to Connecting the Roots – a Brighton-based environmental and conservation charity, with a focus on education, empowerment and inclusivity.
Our pledge will go directly to Connecting the Roots’ first project, which is a rewilding Pilot Programme in Costa Rica – a nation that has been badly-affected by deforestation in the name of cattle farming.
‘Rewilding’ involves restoring the biodiversity of an eco-system via planting trees and plants that once existed before they were destroyed by human activity. By returning environments to their natural state, eco-systems can once again function as they were intended to; producing oxygen, providing habitats for native wildlife, preventing natural disasters, providing sustenance for local communities, and removing harmful carbon dioxide from the Earth’s atmosphere.
A 2020 study found that by returning 30% of the world’s most important ecosystems to their natural state, we can prevent more than 70% of predicted extinctions and soak up 465 billion tonnes of carbon dioxide. This is the equivalent of reducing carbon in the atmosphere caused by human behaviour by 49%.
Statistics like this are hard to ignore, and Enter Gallery wants to be at the forefront of getting these results.
The Connecting the Roots rewilding Pilot Programme has been underway since May 2021, and a lot has happened! To see where the first £20,000 of our £100,000 investment has gone, read our update from our CEO, Lawrence Alkin.
Learn more about the Connecting the Roots.