I believe strongly in living life with the greater good in mind, striving for harmony with our environment as well as each other. I’m always keen to help further the aims of ethical and environmental organisations, using my creative abilities to make a positive impact.
I also put these principles into action in my everyday work…
Protecting the environment
Passionate about the natural world and its protection, I make a conscious effort to minimise the impact of my day-to-day business activities, for example by:
Membership and support of not-for-profits
- walking, cycling or using public transport wherever possible
- upgrading rather than replacing IT equipment
- minimising printing and reusing paper
- only purchasing FSC and recycled paper products
- and recycling whatever I can.
Since 2007 I have been the co-ordinator of Reading Green Drinks, which provides an opportunity for people interested in green and ethical issues to get together and potentially make useful new connections.
Between 2011 and 2013 I produced a newsletter for local and organic food co-operative, True Food Co-op, on a voluntary basis.
I support the Green Party and have written copy for Green Party campaigns at the local and national level. I also stood as a candidate in the 2016 local elections.
In 2017 I became a member of the Advisory Council of a new social enterprise, Ethical Reading, which is dedicated to embedding ethics into organisations in Reading. Since then I have been actively volunteering for Ethical Reading, including working on the website and other marketing materials and helping to lead the sustainability programme.
For Christmas 2020 and to celebrate 20 years of Kat Creative, I donated to Trees for Reading, the urban tree planting scheme that I've help to set up and run for Ethical Reading.
Since 2009, instead of sending Christmas cards to clients, partners and suppliers, I’ve made donations to charity.
For several years I donated to World Land Trust (WLT), to protect areas of threatened habitat. You can see my sponsorship certificates here. I have since donated to Shelter and Syria Relief. For Christmas 2017 I made a donation through Good Gifts to buy a year’s supply of tea for someone in need from a struggling small tea grower.
Occasionally I take part in sponsored events for charity. For example in 2009, 2010 and 2012 I walked ten miles along the Thames and through Richmond Park to raise funds for disadvantaged children in Colombia with Children Change Colombia (formerly COTA).
For several years Kat Creative was a member of Connect Reading, which mobilises Reading-based businesses to support local charities.
Giving ethical organisations a helping hand
To support charities and ethical start-ups I’m happy to offer a discounted rate. Please
contact me to find out more.