Ethical Policy



Jewells Art chooses Business Services who work to sustain the planet and its resources.

Business Services

Since 2017 my chosen hosting platform uses 100% renewable energy and works with Ecologi, Trees For Life, the Million Tree Pledge and the UK Business Climate Hub to reduce their business carbon footprint.

I bank with a UK bank with a customer-led Ethical Policy, committed to limiting: global climate change, destruction of ecosystems, decline in biodiversity. Promoting: human rights, social justice, equality and animal welfare.

I manage my accounts with a company who value diversity, equity and inclusion and are committed to reducing global carbon emissions by 2 million metric tonnes, 50 times their 2018 footprint, by the year 2030.

My energy provider is 100% green, returning the annual power used by their customers to the grid with an equal amount of renewable energy each year, effectively making them net zero. They buy renewable energy directly from UK producers, are buying their own generators and manage 300+ UK green energy producers (mostly solar and wind farms).

Partnering / Service Providers

I look for companies to work with who have not behaved in a way that contradicts my ethics and values or behaved irresponsibly.

Etsy uses 100% renewable electricity in the data centres that host Etsy applications, the global offices and the homeworking US employees.   They also offset 100% of carbon emissions from packaging and delivery of every order. They are committed to reaching net zero emissions by 2030.
Fine Art America supports 100,000's of independent artists and photographers from all over the world to sell their artwork. They have 16 global production facilities which manufacture products and deliver them, they are currently working on ways to create an overall green policy.

Suppliers / Materials

Where possible I choose companies and products who have and follow an ethical policy of their own and are striving towards a better world, this is getting easier over time. Like Jacksons Art Suppliers; who provide carbon-neutral shipping, with 78% of their energy use purchased from renewable sources.  Since 2011 they've been planting trees to offset the use of paper in our catalogues ( As of 2021 that's 1000 trees planted with Trees for Life. Their packaging boxes are 100% recyclable with recyclable paper tape, with 100% compostable packaging peanuts and cellophane bags.

Recycling & Reuse

I re-use packaging where possible; recycling, repairing and repurposing to reduce waste across the business. For example, when wrapping an order the first layer in direct contact with the surface of a painting or print must be acid free (glassine paper) and in pristine condition in order to ensure the surface is not scratched, damaged or discoloured during transit. But that doesn't mean the glassine paper can't itself be a recycled product. The additional layers of packaging, like bubble wrap, brown paper or cardboard are all either recycled or reused. As an Artist I use lots of paper for sketching, if I don't need to keep the work I reused the other side for notes or more sketches. I've also installed smart gas and electricity meters to monitor and reduce usage. Waste food goes into the composter or to the garden to feed the wildlife. For many years I've grown plants which the bees and butterflies love and been part of the Hedgehog Street project to record Hedgehog Numbers and and this year I'm experimenting with a meadow garden.

Delivery

I use Royal Mail and Parcelforce for Deliveries.
Royal Mail are already the UKs greenest parcels business and are committed to reducing their carbon footprint to zero.  They are increasing their use of electric vans for deliveries (5,500 by 2023), using 100% renewable electricity, reducing domestic flights, moving more mail by train, recycling and asking for standardised reporting on CO2 emissions per parcel so customers can decide on their delivery service.

All ParcelForce operational and headquarter sites have achieved the ISO14001 standard in environmental management. They've improved their delivery and redelivery service reducing the number of parcels that require a second delivery attempt, which reduces fuel consumption. Switched UK parcels from air to road distribution, for a significant reduction in the overall carbon generated. They recycle wherever possible and are working hard to reduce the amount of waste sent to landfill to an absolute minimum.
I am committed to continuing to investigate ways to become more sustainable in the future.
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