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Environmental Policy:

At Nature Makers we are different from many Art classes by having a greater focus on nature and the
Environment both through our activities, learning and use of materials.
Through our art materials we aim to use only Vegan art materials that are as low impact to the
environment as possible.

Whist you can’t escape the use of plastic we have a policy of reducing our reliance on tradition plastic
and not using any single use plastic made from fossil resources in our activities.
Durable, e.g. reusable, plastics are used in class e.g. tuff trays, but kept to a minimum and where
alternatives exist we will use these.

The single use plastic and some of the durable plastics that you see will either be repurposed e.g.
reusing plastic consumed by our Activity Providers, may already be recycled or/and it may be made from
alternatives to fossil resources such as food plastics which are biodegradable and have a less harmful
manufacturing process. Any plastic toys used in class should be of alternative plastics/recycled or
repurposed (second hand).

Any waste generated from class is separated into waste that can be recycled as in the case of our
paper/wood, and landfill waste is kept to a minimum.
Where an alternative to plastic, single use or otherwise, as in the case of glue spreaders replacing with
wood alternatives, is possible then they are used.

We are always looking to improve our sustainability so if you have any suggestions for plastic
alternatives then please email: wearenaturemakers@gmail.com

Using natural objects found by the children for class is also encouraged. This is done in a sustainable way
so that each child each week may collect a couple of leaves for use in painting for instance. Some of the
natural items may be placed back outside when done as long as any traces of the activity on them are
not harmful to animals.
Foraging/collecting natural objects is not done every week and the items to be collected should be
alternated.
Ideally items should only be collected from the floor, such as fallen leaves and sticks, i.e. not pulling off
plants.

To replace items taken from nature there should be regular sessions involving planting bulbs, flowers
and so on either in pots for the children to take home or at the activity locations as long as permission
has been sought.

Vegan Policy:

What we mean by Vegan is as defined by The Vegan Society
 

“Veganism is a way of living which seeks to exclude, as far as is possible and practicable, all forms of
exploitation of, and cruelty to, animals for food, clothing or any other purpose.”


We found that many art materials are made using animal products or bi-products and thus not only
contribute to a world that we don’t want to be part of but also exclude others from going to Art classes
with similar views.

As a result we decided to make all products used within our Art classes suitable for Vegans.
Art materials used in class are suitable for Vegans to the best of our abilities. As many are made of
complex compounds whilst we do our best to check with the manufacturer of these products their
composition sometimes it is not clear. Where known to be non-Vegan then we will not use them. If we
are made aware that products used are not Vegan then we will stop using them and investigate if this is
the case and find a Vegan alternative.
Nature Makers will not be held liable for any loss, damage or injury caused as a result of products used being non-Vegan.

Part of Nature Makers classes involve foraging for natural items to use in art. This could include feathers
and other animal by-products found by the children. The Activity Provider will never set a task of
specifically finding these items, but if found by the children then it is up to the guardian of that child to
decide if they want to use it.

No explicitly non-Vegan items such as fur, eggs or feathers will be used in class.
Items that are naturally discarded such as shells may be used in class as long as they have been sourced
in an ethical and sustainable way.

Any food supplied by Nature Makers is Vegan also.
Activity Providers do not have to be Vegan. Activity Providers should not ‘preach’ a Vegan message with
the aim of converting people to a Vegan lifestyle as this may exclude other non-Vegans. Likewise,
however, no anti-Vegan messages should be communicated by the Activity Providers.

If you are concerned that products used are not Vegan or have concerns over the pro/anti-vegan
messages being shared in any classes then please email you concerns to us:
wearenaturemakers@gmail.com