Green Gallery Policy

 

 Prairie House Gallery (R) is

 

Aiming Beyond Carbon Neutral

 And Trying for Carbon Negative!

(last update: April 14, 2011)

   

 

At http://www.prairiehousegallery.com/ , we strive to reduce our impact on the environment in both our personal lives and in our business lives.   We watch our basics (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle).  We have also instituted a green policy for our business that we hope will meet with your approval. Here are some of the things that we are doing at PrairieHouseGallery  to go beyond Carbon Neutral.


1. REDUCED IMPACT
We have always used a smaller car when we have gone on our field trips to bring you fine art products. We have also attempted to minimize our impact by combining trips and minimizing distances traveled by planning and coordinating travels.  Whenever possible, we use compact fluorescent lighting and energy star appliances in our homes and in for our business. We also, whenever they become availablle,  provide our customers with the option of receiving their rings in recycled ring boxes (our choice please!).


 

 2. REUSING AND RECYCLING.
We are avid re-users and recyclers. Whenever possible, we use office supplies with post-consumer recycled content. This policy does not apply if it could negatively impact our customers.  For example, Certificates or Letters of Authenticity are always printed on acid-free paper.


 

3. CARBON OFFSETS AND
4. ENVIRONMENTAL RESTORATION:


Prairie House Gallery (TM) has started to reduce our carbon foot-print even further by purchasing wind-power offsets to further reduce the impact of our travel.  Our smaller car helps us to overshoot the offsets, helping us to go beyond carbon neutral. 

Starting in March, 2007, we began to carbon-offset both our driving and electricity, consumption by purchasing Wind Power offsets  at http://www.renewablechoice.com/ . We have also participated in the international light's out night for the past three years.  Because we are a small operation and because we strive to maintain low energy budget, this offset should covers both our personal and business electrical usage.  In addition, we purchase additional Wind-power offsets to cover the driving that must do to bring you fine arts made by North American Artists.

  Carbon Offsets and Environmental Restoration (Carbon Sinks):

Carbon offset is only part of the problem.  Other pieces of the puzzle comes helping to develop environmental sinks for CO2  and environmental restoration.  These Carbon Sinks include Trees, Prairies, and and Phytoplankton.  In 2007, we purchased an additional 8-ton Carbon offsets by promoting the restoration of oceanic ecosystems through Planktos at http://www.planktos.com/About/About.html .   This offset is the equivalent of operating a small vehicle and an apartment for one year. 

In the combined years of 2006-2010, http://www.prairiehousegallery.com/ planted over 100 trees (through the National Arbor Day Foundation.  (An additional carbon equivalent of 8030 pounds of CO2  or a 4- ton Carbon offset).  So far, in 2011, we have already planted 25 trees through the Arbor Day foundation and contributed to their rain forest rescue fund.  According to the Arbor Day Foundation, “Over the course of 50 years, a single tree can generate $31,250 of oxygen, provide $62,000 worth of air pollution control, recycle $37,500 worth of water, and control $31,500 worth of soil erosion” (quote from their website). Prairie House Gallery ™ has contributed to both their Rain Forest Rescue Fund and their Forest Fires Reforestation Fund. In addition, we are a proud member of the Arbor Day foundation, and have planted native trees and flowers on our own property.

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5. BUY LOCAL: A COMMITMENT TO NORTH AMERICAN ARTISTS
With few exceptions, we sell arts and crafts made in North America.  This policy reduces the environmental costs of transporting goods.  It also supports North American artists and crafters. For this same reason, we offer a wide variety of items made in The Dakotas and other Midwestern states.  We also support the  work of artists and crafters from American’s First Nations by purchacing their works for our gallery.  We have a special fondness for the works of seval artists from the Great Ojibwa, the Lakota, the Hopi, and the Navajo.  One exception to our rule is a limited  presence of South American Shipibo arts on our website.  We know one of the artists personally, and we have added materials from their village to aid their local economy.

 

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at various times, we have posting websites for some ND-IL artists whose work we have enjoyed, but who are not currently providing work at Prairie House Gallery(R).

 

6. OVERSEAS DELIVERY OFFSETS
When we receive orders from Europe or elsewhere oversees, we purchase an  additional  $5 wind-offset for every $100 of goods purchased through Prairie House Gallery (TM).  We are taking this policy without any increase in our prices! It's the right thing to do. Non-North American buyers will receive an offset card with their purchase.

7. ARTIST COMMITMENTS:
Some of our individual artists have also taken steps to reduce their impact.  Marijo Readey’s prints are produced on an as-needed basis, also helping to reduce waste. Helen Guilbert's Wheat Weavings are done with 100% renewable and biodegradable materials grown on her own farm. Patric Lavalie's Dream catchers are partially made with recycled materials, including recycled leather and some recycled beads.  All our Ojibwa basketry is done with renewable willow branches, the harvesting of which does not unduely harm the tree.  We also sell Lakota chokers made with recycled shell da casings.

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8. CONSUMER EDUCATION
Two teachers founded Prairie House Gallery (R), and education is in our blood.  On our website, we include custom pages dedicated to helping the consumer better understand the art work sold through Prairie House.  We also provide links to the resources that we ourselves have used to reduce our own environmental impact, and links to interesting places in the Midwest, such as Pipestone National Monument.

9. ONGOING EDUCATION
As we get learn more about how we can improve the environment, we will amend our policies accordingly.

10. DEDICATION TO OUR FELLOW HUMANS
Our committment to the planet includes members of our own species.  We explored the possibilities of offering items for charities on our website.  However, we quickly ran into problems with  brand-name licencing, and charities being afraid to have items posted from them.  (Too many charletons out there make it hard to trust anyone but a major corporation.  And the little guys, like us, just don't seem to be worth the bother.)

Because of these road blocks, we decided to o a different route.  In June, 2007, we began making microloans to people in impoverished regions of the world through Kiva.org, a microlending program.  In doing so, we essentially became our own world bank-- only smaller.  If you care to see what we've done so far, please visit our lender page at the following link.

 



 

We have also provided space on our site to promote local cultural events in the greater North Dakota,  Minnisota, Wisconsin, and  Illinios areas, along with Manitba and Ontario.  These postings have included events for Ojibwa cultural events, and musem events.

Thank you for being a concerned consumer!

  Marijo and Ken for Prairie House Gallery(R)