SUSTAINABILITY

Our mission at Svetlana Photography is to care for the world we live in by being committed to environmental practices that foster a sustainable future. The concept of sustainability drives all of our business and lifestyle practices and decisions leading to a “picture-perfect” future for our clients and the generations that follow.

"We do not inherit the Earth from our Ancestors, we borrow it from our Children." Proverb

“We do not inherit the Earth from our Ancestors, we borrow it from our Children.” Proverb

 

The City of Austin officially recognizes Svetlana Photography as an Austin Platinum Green Business Leader

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100% of our energy is provided by renewable wind energy through Austin GreenChoice

40% of our lighting is LED and 30% compact fluorescent

We divert 75% of our waste annually from the landfill by reducing, reusing, recycling, composting

We have eliminated single use plastic bottles and dishware

We use 100% post-consumer paper products and 100% post-consumer office paper and print two sided when possible

We use paperless contracts

We have reduced the number of catalogs and other unwanted mail sent to us

We use rechargeable batteries for all office and photography equipment and recycle old batteries

We practice sustainable chemical-free gardening with the focus on native plants from Grow Green Guide

Our garden is featured on Monarch Joint Venture website

We regularly volunteer our time to the Austin Parks Foundation and Keep Austin Beautiful

We always pick up trash on our hiking trips

We keep our office between 66°F and 70°F in winter, 74°F and 78°F in summer

We support environmental non-profits such as:

LBJ Wildflower Center

Eden Reforestation Project

Austin Tree Folks

Mission Blue

Sierra Club

Earthjustice

National Audubon Society

Sea Turtle Oversight Protection

David Sheldrick Wildlife

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GO GREEN AT YOUR WEDDING An average wedding produces 400 lbs of garbage and most of it can be diverted from landfill and recycled (aluminum cans, wine/beer bottles, plastic bottles, plastic cups, plastic containers, plastic wraps from the dresses, cardboard boxes, paper programs, etc).

Recycling at your event is EASY! Talk to your catering company and venue. Most caterers will recycle if asked and some venues already have recycling on the property. If your catering/venue is not able to recycle Keep Austin Beautiful, in partnership with Austin Resource Recovery provides free recycling containers and flutter flags to raise the visibility of recycling at your event and reduce the amount of recyclables that are thrown away. If none of those options work for you, Svetlana will be happy to consult and help coordinate the recycling at your wedding free of charge.

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