Our Environmental and Sustainability Policy.
Edgeways takes its commitment to environmental awareness seriously. We don’t just produce sustainable and responsible solutions for clients, it’s something we’re passionate about too – both in and out of the studio.
In The Studio
Edgeways is a home based studio, meaning zero commuting time and a minimal environmental footprint. Based high in the South Pennines the space also benefit from plenty of natural daylight, saving on electricity.
We design using one of the greenest computers in the world – the Mac Mini and all our equipment is powered down at the end of each day.
Our furniture is all reclaimed or recycled – much of it having been saved from the scrap heap (for minor imperfections). On the rare occasions that brand new furniture is needed, it is purchased from responsible companies with sound environmental credentials. Or we make our own.
The studio is mainly digital. We encourage correspondence by email rather than post (invoices, estimates and proposals will always be emailed to you). Occasionally print outs are needed but these are kept to a minimum.
Wherever possible we recycle or reuse consumables like paper, glass and plastic.
We love food and wherever possible source our food locally and/or sustainably from farmers markets and co-ops.
Whilst we love meeting new clients in person (and this can often be a huge benefit) other meetings are generally only arranged when absolutely necessary, keeping our travel impact to a minimum. And of course, where possible we walk, cycle or use public transport.
Edgeways has a strong social and environmental conscience. Not only do we aim to keep our own impact to a minimum we also strive to educate our clients and peers about sustainable solutions. We never impose or preach, but we feel it’s important to always present the full range of options.
Whilst we’re happy to take on small, one off or last minute projects, we can provide the best return on investment when working long-term with like-minded clients. A little extra time can allow us to develop the most innovative and longest lasting design solutions.
We’re always thinking about the bigger picture and the broader implications of our work – both for our clients businesses and the environment as a whole. Wherever possible we’ll recommend and implement solutions that: require minimal materials; use recycled or environmentally friendly materials, process and finishes; have several uses, a long shelf life or that can be easily recycled or reused.
We always recommend environmentally friendly print solutions from trusted providers who use sustainably sourced stock and have the highest environmental standards. We also help and encourage clients to estimate quantities as accurately as possible to reduce waste and avoid special finishes like varnish, lamination or spot UV unless they’re absolutely essential. Where environmentally friendly printing is of paramount importance we can design with minimal ink coverage in mind, even using specially designed fonts that minimize ink use.
Digital and online work also has an environmental footprint. Our web hosting is powered by 100% green energy.
We’re conscientious and ethical by nature and this is reflected in our business practices. We price our work fairly, we pay our suppliers and partners equally fairly. We do all we can to support our local community, behave responsibly and encourage others to do the same.
We’re always keen to help charities and not for profit businesses that have an ethos similar to ours and when appropriate, and if time allows, we offer our services free of charge or at a heavily reduced rate. If you run such an organization and you’d like to work with us then please get in touch.
To sum it up our philosophy is to work with good people who are doing good things and help them do it even better. If you’re one of those people and you’re looking for a long-term design partner please contact us!