Committed To Making A Change
The natural world has always fascinated me. My environmental studies at university, and the time I spent working and travelling through Europe, Malaysia and Australia have all made me more aware of the need to protect our natural world.
I’ve seen first-hand the devastation that plastic pollution is causing in our waterways. I’ve witnessed wildfires that are the direct effect of climate change. And I’ve worked along-side a critically endangered species that is threatened with extinction due to the impact us humans have on its habitat.
I have seen enough to know that we must act now.
That’s why I’ve made a pledge to empower change, protect the environment and create a more sustainable future.
As of the 1st July 2021, I will be donating £1 from the sale of every art print and 50p from the sale of every card pack* sold through The Butterfly and Toadstool, to one of our chosen environmental charities as outlined below.
* It will be made clear in each art print and card pack listing if it is part of the donation scheme and which charity the donation will go too. So not only will you be buying pretty cards and art, but you will be supporting a small business AND the vital work carried out by these amazing charities.
Check out the charities that we will be supporting with our new donation scheme below.
I've been a member of the Butterfly Conservation for over 12 years but feel that the work they do is more vital than ever now. Unfortunately butterflies and moths are declining at an alarming rate, with 5 species of butterfly becoming extinct in the UK over the last 150 years.
Butterflies are known as indicator species which are an important factor in defining the health of our ecosystems. Their heavy decline is therefore a huge warning sign that cannot be ignored, so we must act now.
The Butterfly Conservation is therefore one of the environmental charities that we will be supporting with our donation scheme.
Donations from the sale of any pollinator inspired artwork and cards (more launching on the 14th July) will go towards this vital work. Read on to find out about the other two.
Scottish Wildlife Trust
From Bee's to Badgers, hedgehogs and frogs, the Scottish Wildlife Trust is committed to helping them all.
Their work involves planning and undertaking huge environmental restoration projects, rewilding areas for pollinators, reintroducing forgotten species and managing ecosystems crucial for threatened animals like the red squirrel.
There are Scottish Wildlife Trust reserves right on my doorstep, each housing thousands of incredibly diverse flora and fauna. I can't imagine a world without these beautiful places so the Scottish Wildlife Trust is the second charity we have chosen to support.
Donations from the sale of my woodland inspired artwork and cards will go towards this vital work.
Marine Conservation Society
Plastic pollution is an immense issue that is affecting all of us. If you follow me on social media, or have read any of my blog posts then you'll know that I'm a huge advocate for cutting out plastic waste.
The Marine Conservation Society is fighting for plastic free seas and doing incredible work to restore the health of our oceans.
It's all of our responsibility to do something about this devastating crisis. So we've chosen the Marine Conservation Society as our third charity to support.
Purchasing any of my new marine inspired artwork and cards (launching on the 14th July) will ensure donations go straight to these plastic fighting and ocean cleaning causes.
Donations will be made to the corresponding charities on the 1st of each month for any items sold from our donation scheme products during the previous month.
Here at The Butterfly and Toadstool I am committed to making a change and supporting our environment in any way I can.
As well as the environmental charity donations that are generated via supporting purchases, I also want to ensure that my products and work practices are as eco-friendly as possible too.
I’m proud to say that all my product packaging is fully recyclable and biodegradable. From brown paper envelopes and cardboard boxes used to ship items, to the tissue paper, tape and business cards in the packaging, everything can be recycled after use.
I also ensure that the products themselves are as environmentally friendly as possible.
• All my greeting cards are printed on 100% recycled card and come with recycled kraft paper envelopes. Individual cards are also sent in a biodegradable and compostable sleeve for protection which are made from plant-based cellulose.
• My art prints, wrapping paper, notepads, planners and bookmarks are all made of FSC certified paper and card which is also fully recyclable.
• All my jewellery boxes are made from recycled kraft card too which can also be recycled after use.
I also ensure my working practices are as eco conscious as possible as well. My office consumables are kept to a minimum, I use 100% recycled paper for printing out paperwork and I send all used ink cartridges back for recycling.