As a small brand, yet also as a business it is Stephanie/Det Gyldne Blads responsibility to consider the environmental issues in what she do. Det Gyldne Blad can always do better and there is a lot to think of, but this is what Stephanie make sure of in this very moment of her business:
The paper used for prints and cards are FSC-marked paper
- Which means: 'Forest Stewardship Council'.
It's a marking that is given to a forest area that focus on the environment, animal- and plant life while also making sure that the people working there work under the right conditions. At the same time it also focus on the people that lives in area don't suffer or are bothered by the tree felling. The FSC-mark also means that there are no more trees felled than the forest can reach to produce.
Most of Det Gyldne Blad paper goods are printed local.Plus made in small amounts or limited edition.
The pigments used for prints are Epson watercolor based pigments.
These are more kind to the environment than other pigment types within the printing industry.
Det Gyldne Blad uses cellophane sleeves for paper goods...
...But the type of cellophane sleeves I use are OPP (oriented polypropylene) that are less harmful to the environment that the old types of cellophane plastics. I am though still in search of paper glassine envelopes that will fit cards as well as larger prints. So fare Stephanie have not found any national provider of glassine products. But do inform her if you know of any related products to use.
Stephanie, also often wrap the prints in silk tissue paper sheets before placing them in a post tube instead of a cellophane sleeve.
Envelopes are of recycled paper.
Hand stitched artefacts are made of
..Recycle and organic materials meaning that the fabric Stephanie use for her sewn pieces are of old scraps and vintage fabrics. New fabrics for the base of her stitched characters are eco-friendly produced fabrics. For stuffing dolls and brooches she uses non carded wool from a Danish sheep farm that treat their sheep within their rightful needs. Yarn for hair, scarfs etc. are either organic or vintage bought. Sometimes Stephanie is given old fabric scrabs, yarns and pieces by people and sometimes it's a shirt that is to warn out, yet has a beautiful pattern that may still be useful for a doll.
It takes time to stitch a doll, but Stephanie do not like the idea of mass production and fastness. There is a richness in the time it takes to work by hand that also includes each work become unique and special.