The Moon may be Artemiss' first love, but this glorious Earth that we all share is just as important to me! It has been very important to me to create a business and products that align with my personal values - and I'm very close to hitting every single one of them so far!
So, why should you buy Artemiss products? Let's have a look at what you'll be supporting...
SUPPORTING SMALL BUSINESS
Artemiss Creations is a one-woman-band kind of biz and a dream I have had for a very long time. I currently run it from my tiny Perth-based office in WA where all of the brainstorming, designing, printing, packaging, posting and more happens to create the gem of a website you see on your screen today.
It's not an easy road to take solo, but it fills my heart with joy every time I hear someone compliment my designs or buy my goods. Worth it? Totally.
ETHICS AND SUSTAINABILITY
It has taken quite a while to find the perfect tees for printing my Ready to Wear pieces on to. I didn't want to be like the cheap novelty tee companies flooding the market right now with their unflattering cuts and poorly made, synthetic material tees direct from the sweat shops. Oh, no!
Artemiss designs had to be printed on to apparel that was made with just as much love and care as the artworks I create themselves. That means it has to be kind to the planet and care for the people that produce the garments.
As such, the brand I primarily choose to work with is:
- Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) Certified
- A member of the Fair Wear Foundation
- Organic Content Standard (OCS) Certified
- PETA Certified
Can we get a "hell yes!" for environmental and social responsibility??
"Do what you can until you can do better" is a quote I recently read, and it really spoke to me. Whilst my vinyl does unfortunately come on a plastic backing sheet (as of yet, I don't think there's any way around this) I've made sure to stash away every little scrap of vinyl that I can from the parts of your prints that aren't being used on your orders to give them new life in some funky, one-off mosaic style designs. One less unnecessary addition to landfill!
I'd love to hear any suggestions you guys have for putting these plastic sheets to good use in the meantime, though
I'm also upcycling old or donated clothing items for my practice and model pieces, rather than buying new. There's so much amazing stuff out there just waiting to be snapped up without adding to the fast fashion epidemic - and I strongly encourage you guys to do the same when you Create Your Own Look!
Breathe some new life into an old piece of clothing from your wardrobe, or head down to your local Thrift / Op Shop and hunt down some treasures to upcycle.
I wanted to go beyond supplying you wonderful people with ethical and sustainable products and do my very best to continue that theme into my packaging too.
Artemiss is committed to saying NO to plastic one mailer at a time, so I've joined the Heropack and use compostable satchels. Yes! It's a thing!
The CYOL prints are kept safe through the post with recycled cardboard backing boards.
The mailers are made of cornstarch and cassava roots. They break down in 90 days in a compostable environment and leave no waste or toxins behind. Simply remove the mailer label, cut the rest of the satchel into smaller pieces and throw it in a compost bin.
The bag will turn into yummy food for the worms and become nutrient-rich fertiliser for your garden. How cool is that?!
MADE TO ORDER
Sure, having something made to order can make you feel pretty spesh (and you are! You really are!) but there's another reason I do this with all of my prints. I'm doing my best to keep excess stock to an absolute minimum.
Vinyl orders are placed on an as-need basis, with only a smallish amount of stock kept on hand in each colour at any one time. Not only does this prevent a huge amount of wastage from a bulk buy if a particular colour isn't that popular (it would only end up in the bin or gathering dust, otherwise!) it also allows me to keep the colours on offer fresh and interesting for all of you. I get the latest new looks as soon as they're on offer. Win-win! Woohoo!
Are you feeling the love? Do any of these topics resonate with you, too? Please let me know - or better yet, tell your friends! Together we can work towards a more sustainable future; and your purchases let me know that I'm on the right track to being a part of that.