Breaking down your creative process is the first step in understanding how energy and resources are used in making your unique artwork, what waste is created in the process, and how that waste is disposed. Each step in the process can be calculated to help you make sustainable decisions.
All products used in making your artwork can be assessed for their environmental impact. Collectively, these materials make up list of products and the amounts used to come up with your artworks' overall footprint.
The impact of how you ship artwork is often overlooked in carbon calculations. It is important to know what it takes to get your work to its destination. Start with materials used in packing, transportation and and distance traveled.
Does the energy used to create your work come from coal, hydro, gas, solar, or wind? How many hours of energy do you use in your studio each week? When you investigate the sources of energy and time used, you can create a monthly measurement target.
Make a list of all the things you use in the studio—cleaning products, rags, solvents, tables, everything it takes to make your artwork. Just like your art materials, your studio supplies add to the manufacturing process and waste factors in overall CO2 measurement.
Landfill is a huge contributor to carbon emissions and harmful gasses. How much goes to the dump or is recycled depends on the art you make. How many pounds per month does your studio produce? How much is recycled? Calculate and make the shift!
When assessing your eating habits, consider driving time and groceries, dining out or getting take-out all contribute to your overall footprint.
Take stock of what you have, what you really use, and what you truly need. You can measure items for its CO2 emissions and always choose eco-friendly.
Trains, planes, cars, and buses all contribute to your carbon footprint. Modes of travel can be calculated by distance and energy source for accurately measuring emissions.