ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY STATEMENT

Climate change is a global problem - mainly caused by human activities that use fossil fuels - which has consequences, just to name a few: the loss of biodiversity, fires, rising temperatures, the melting of glaciers, the scarcity of water, catastrophic storms, as well as impacting people's lives and health.

Human beings, therefore, are primarily responsible for global warming due to greenhouse gases and are also the first to find and implement effective solutions both to mitigate its effects and minimize their environmental impact, and to adapt to climatic consequences.

 

I believe in sustainability and that it is the duty of every person to be proactive in protecting the environment and addressing the climate emergency with ethical and sustainable practices.

Everyone has the opportunity to become aware that there are no boundaries between us and the world and that life depends on how we treat our planet. The only way to live fully and peacefully is to take care of nature and all living things.

Now it is important to take action starting at a personal and local level to protect and restore natural ecosystems, and improve the quality of life for all.

The commitment to environmental sustainability is a key point in my lifestyle and as photographer. It is the adventure to which we are called in this time and every little step taken by each one builds the road for all.

 

 

This statement of photographic sustainability is inspired by the principles expressed in particular by:

Concrete environmental sustainability actions in photography, trekking, electronics

The objective of this sustainability statement is my commitment to comply with environmental regulatory requirements, to make aware and responsible daily choices that have less and less impact on the environment, on people's lives and health, in particular by putting the following actions into practice:

 

Circular Economy

  • implement the circular economy by applying the principles of Refuse - Reduce - Reuse - Repair - Repurpose - Recycle for my photographic and hiking equipment, to lengthen the life cycle of the products and reduce waste by inventing alternative solutions for their use from time to time (for example using second-hand photographic equipment and accessories)
  • dispose of photographic, electronic and hiking equipment only at the end of its life and in the appropriate recycling containers

 

Supply chain

  • for fine art photographic prints, use only certified paper and sustainable materials, produced by companies committed to reducing carbon emissions, reforestation and recycling of materials.

    I have chosen to print my photos on fine art papers produced by the historic Hahnehmüle paper mill

  • for the shipment of photographic prints and books, reduce packaging and use eco-sustainable, biodegradable or recyclable materials

  • choose shipping companies that are attentive to the use of renewable energy and carbon offsetting
  • choose local or Italian partners and suppliers (whenever there is the possibility to do so) who adopt similar values, who are committed to environmentally sustainable, fair and socially responsible trading practices, who are active in minimizing their environmental impact and carbon emissions
  • purchase hiking and photographic clothing and equipment from companies whose values and code of ethics I share, which have a sustainability program and are responsibly committed to reducing levels of energy consumption and emissions, offsetting the carbon footprint, reusing and in recycling, in the search for sustainable materials and technical solutions, and whose activity in favor of the environment is certified by third-party bodies (for example the PCF Product Carbon Footprint brand)
  • reduce the use of polyester products that release microfibres into the water when they are washed, and of cleaning products that contain water polluting substances and toxic components
  • for analog photography, use films with paper support (when possible) with biodegradable containers produced by ecological companies, reduce the use of products for developing and fixing, taking care to dispose of them correctly
  • look for environmentally friendly options and consider the environmental impact of any decision

 

Electronics and digital technology

  • install low consumption lighting systems
  • save only absolutely necessary digital files on the hard disk and in the cloud because data storage uses a lot of energy, often not produced with renewable sources
  • choose providers, management platforms, cloud service providers and other IT tools that have declared and put into practice their ecological commitment to nature conservation
  • investigate all the environmental aspects related to the use of Art-NFT, become more aware of the consequences of my choices towards these technologies and act coherently with my values, as well as understanding how to reduce their impact
  • improve the performance of this website by optimizing the structure, images and other media for faster loading times (for example avoiding video backgrounds and autoplay, reducing bold for texts). This is why I made the commitment by signing the Sustainable Web Manifesto and trying to put digital sustainability into practice

This website is hosted on Amazon Web Services that runs on energy obtained from 100% renewable sources.

Badge of The green web foundation certifying that this website is green hosted by Amazon Web Services and runs on 100% green energy

Carbon footprint

  • offsetting carbon emissions to reduce their effects, calculating my carbon footprint and investing in positive actions such as growing plants, using renewable energy, donating to organizations that promote environmental initiatives, participate in both international and local reforestation and biodiversity protection projects

 

Photographic treks

  • apply the principles of Leave No Trace and Nature First
  • make photo trekking increasingly sustainable and respectful of nature. You can read more on the dedicated page
  • promote photographic trekking in nearby places, reduce the use of polluting means of transport by favoring public transport, electric vehicles, sustainable and shared mobility when possible, and planning trips in advance to find the most ecological means of transport
  • buy products that are toxic-free, unpackaged (or reduced) and refuse to use single-use plastic packaging and bags. Also opt for a reusable water bottle, glass and containers (preferably made with recycled materials) and recyclable
  • take care of the paths by cleaning them from plastic and other abandoned polluting materials that I find during my hikes

 

Communication and advertising

  • minimize the use of material printed on paper for communications and advertising (for example flyers, brochures, etc.) and use only recycled or FSC certified paper and with sustainable dyes
  • use digital alternatives for communication and advertising and recycled materials for badges and gadgets
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Training about sustainability

I try to stay updated and to deepen the various aspects related to respect for nature and the sustainability of my life choices on the environment through certified courses and webinars.

I propose here a selection of the courses taken and I am committed to taking others.

Final commitments on environmental sustainability

As an eco-conscious photographer I put into practice the values of dignity, respect, responsibility, integrity, transparency which are the basis of my Statement of Photography Ethics.

I undertake to seriously respect the actions indicated in this statement of photographic sustainability, to continue to update myself and find ever more efficient solutions so as to improve the quality and quantity of my contribution.
If I make mistakes, I take responsibility for them and I am committed to learning from them and being ready to change my behavior.
I will periodically review this sustainability statement so that it corresponds to my concrete actions at all times.

 

 

Last updated: January 2024

 

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