Updated: Jun 16
Sometimes it feels like it takes nearly as much time to package artwork as it does to create it, even more so when using entirely recycled and recyclable materials. Here is some tips I want to share for other artists on their road to going plastic free.
Smaller works and prints
I ship anything A3 and under in hard backed envelopes. The only switch I found I needed to make in this instance were the cellophane wallets to waterproof the work, not all cellophane wallets are genuine cellophane, the genuine stuff is biodegradable but plastic imitations are out there, so it pays to contact suppliers to check this.
Large unframed originals
I print my thank you notes on corn starch paper that can go out with food waste or on the compost heap. Inside the cellophane wrap is tissue paper: the backing paper is a brown un-dyed colour and I keep the front white which is slightly more translucent so that the recipient can start to feel excited as soon as they open the box.
Large framed art and canvases
If packaging a canvas I firstly use recycled paper to pad out the back. I then cover the front of the painting with acid free tissue paper and use repurposed bubble wrap on the back. Edged with corner protectors all around and secured with paper tape.
Finally I wrap in more repurposed bubble wrap to cover the front and slip the piece into its box with a certificate of authenticity.
Everything is then sent with carbon neutral shipping which means any fuel used to transport the goods is offset with tree planting.
Voila! Hope that helps.