I care a great deal about our precious, beautiful Earth, and I am passionate about protecting it.

I go to great lengths to ensure that all my products are made using eco friendly materials.  When I source my materials, I always try to buy locally and support businesses that genuinely care about the environment and give something back to their local community. When buying from overseas, I make sure the materials are ethically produced and fairly traded.

Handmade Paper

I make a lot of my own paper from junk mail and other scraps, using traditional hand-mould paper-making techniques.  I love the beautiful colours and rustic texture of handmade paper, and the fact that no two pieces are ever exactly alike.  I also love that being able to make my own paper means nothing is wasted – most of the offcuts and scraps from my projects are re-pulped to form brand new sheets of paper!

Little Deer Studio handmade paper just one of the eco friendly materials I use

In addition to my own handmade papers, I also use other eco-friendly and fair-trade certified handmade papers.  These include gorgeous Nepalese papers such as those made from cotton rag and Lokta fibres, and the beautiful range of Maximus elephant dung paper, which is handmade in Sri Lanka.  I also use paper which is handcrafted in Tasmania using ingredients such as hemp fibre, recycled denim, apple fibres and even wombat poo!

Nepalese handmade paper

 

Recycled Paper and Card

The cardstock and box board I use inside my book covers, bookmarks and other items is genuine 100% post-consumer-waste recycled material.

The natural grey-brown paper I use for pages inside my standard spiral notebooks is also 100% post-consumer-waste recycled paper, made here in Australia by Ecocern. I also use this paper for a lot of my business stationery and invoices.

Recycled paper pages

When sourcing more specialised papers, such as those used in art books or albums, I try to use paper with as much recycled content as possible.

 

Other Materials

I take great delight in giving new life to things which might otherwise be discarded and am always on the lookout for bits and bobs I can use in my work.  Op shops and places like Reverse Garbage are treasure troves to me!

I love to incorporate secondhand buttons and beads in my pieces, as well as fabrics scraps and salvaged yarn.

bowl of buttons

I also make my own beads – each one individually rolled from a strip of handmade paper, a page from an old magazine, even junk mail!

the eco friendly materials i use include handmade paper beads

I use twines and thread made from natural, sustainable fibres such as hemp, jute and bamboo, and wherever possible, I try to use non-toxic water-based inks and paints and eco-friendly adhesive.

Using natural and recycled materials not only gives my work a beautiful and unique look and texture, but it also means you can feel good about buying it too 🙂

Beautiful things don’t have to cost the Earth.

 

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