All businesses, in every industry, should be looking at their carbon footprint and ways they can make their company and brand more sustainable and environmentally friendlier.

Those who are involved in the tattooing industry can all do their bit to lessen their impact on the environment and find ways to be eco-friendlier in aspects of their business, shop and practices. What areas of your tattoo business do you think you could change to lessen your carbon footprint?

Say Goodbye to Plastic Coverings

Tattooing instruments need to be wrapped for legal and hygienic reasons, so it’s impossible to emit coverings from your set-up completely. Customers need to see tattoo artists unwrap new and sterilised needles and equipment. However, there is another option. Instead of using the traditional plastic coverings, there are biodegradable sheets made of cassava, as an alternative. Cassava is a root vegetable that can be made into packaging and biodegrades quickly, unlike plastic. They offer the same hygienic value as normal, plastic packaging, but do a lot less damage to the environment.

Vegan Inks

There are also tattoo parlours in America that have started using vegan inks. Some tattoo inks are made with animal products like glycerin and bone char. However, vegan inks emit any animal products and can often be ordered in if you request them at a tattoo studio.

Organic Materials

Tattooing is a creative industry, so the ideas for ways to be more sustainable are endless. Some artists have opted to use companies that offer natural and organic materials, and many have made the switch to using recyclable and recycled resources wherever they can.

Tattoo artists also use a lot of paper towels and although they aren’t as damaging to the environment as plastic packaging, there are alternative, cleansing wipes that will get the job done in half the time and are much friendlier to our eco-systems.

In the Studio

Tattoo shops are a hub of energy and waste. Although, most of the waste is due to safety and cleaning precautions, there are things studio’s can do to reduce their electricity outputs.

Firstly, you should think of your tattoo studio as your home. You wouldn’t leave all the lights on if you weren’t in, so you should switch the lights off in rooms you’re not using. Secondly, you should turn off the equipment at the source if you’re not using it too - only turn things on when you need them. Lastly, remember to switch off other electrical items like computers and televisions too.

Thus, before you go home for the night, double-check all the lights and electrical equipment are switched off to reduce your electronic carbon footprint.

It’s Not Only the Tattoo Studio…

Individuals who get tattoos can also be productive in creating a more sustainable way to get and look after their tattoos. For example, instead of buying plastic bottles filled with solution, people could make their own aftercare liquid at home with warm water and salt.

Pure coconut oil is also another great choice for those that want to optimise the look of their tattoo after they’ve been inked.
Written by Wayne Grant