Saturday, February 11, 2017

The Eco Framing Story

Conserving our Natural Resources... One frame at a time.

It's time to reinvent custom picture framing and try a new approach to an old industry. Our goal: produce high-quality gallery-level framing at lower prices, with faster turnaround and to accomplish this in the "greenest" way possible.

First, custom framing means local labor and artistry, with custom craftsmanship, made to your specifications, combined with personal service and design consultations from well-trained craftspersons focused on best practices.

Framing Green means making frames with sustainably harvested woods and materials, using FSC certified paper or 100% cotton matting.  Our studio recycles everything possible, gives away scrap material to artists and schools, uses energy-saving light fixtures.

While that is a great start, the crux of the problem to greener picture framing is the inefficiency of its normal design-build workflow, order management, supply chain, shipping, and packaging. This is where the carbon is really burned. Most custom framing orders are highly particular small jobs - the result of a design process that may examine hundreds of samples and options that no one could keep in inventory. Therefore, numerous small special orders shipping a few sticks of moulding at a time or a few sheets of mat board in yet another box, requiring regular truck deliveries which burn fuel, and left over packaging materials. More moulding is also unused which eventually ends up in landfill. Add to this burden the paperwork, order management, quality control issues and this method of custom orders, and projects become unnecessarily expensive.

Eco- Framing uses a new playbook, and keeps enough moulding and mat board in stock so that most projects can be designed from materials already at our warehouse studiono shipping or special orders required. We buy in case quantities at reduced cost and extend our savings to our customers. The result is lower cost, less waste, reduced shipping and packaging and faster turnaround. Everyone wins.

If you need something special, out of the ordinary, or don't mind waiting or paying a bit more we will handle your project the conventional way.  However our  pledge is to transparently provide you with your options with the aim of doing the work in the most carbon-neutral way possible.  Our warehouse-direct approach gives you the option of saving money, saving time and save the environment on your next custom framing project.  We hope you consider us for your next project.

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