Fine art albums and print products for professional photographers

Our sustainable impact journey

At Folio Albums, our commitment to environmentally friendly, green practices and sustainable policies is deeply ingrained in our ethos. Recognising the profound impact of our photography industry on the environment, we prioritise conscious choices to positively influence our planet.

Eco credentials are at our core

Our approach with Folio Albums has always been to marry the craftsmanship of the past with the technology of today.

To take what was great about historical processes and materials and bring it forward into the future – but without damaging our planet or its potential.

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Our mission

Folio Albums is committed to supporting print-passionate photographers with handcrafted, high-quality fine art products designed with a low environmental impact

Our eco-innovation timeline

We have started well, but the journey does not end.

  1. Eco from the beginning

    Folio Albums was created with eco credentials at its core. We started by sourcing eco-friendly materials, papers, packaging, and even suppliers. We were also one of the first European companies to exclusively print using inkjet, meaning that unlike other suppliers, we do not use silver-halide chemical printing.

  2. State of the art workshop

    Our move to a state of the art workshop in 2013 was a significant step, placing sustainability at the forefront. The workshop, with a B energy rating, is climate-controlled, lit with low-energy LED lighting, and powered by green electricity.

  3. Waste reduction

    This year saw a focused effort on reducing waste through lean manufacturing techniques in our production processes. Additionally, we transitioned to a carbon-neutral server network with ANS, aligning our server practices with our commitment to sustainability.

  4. Carbon footprint reduction

    Investing in more space and doubling our workshop in 2019 allowed us to accommodate larger stock, resulting in reduced carbon footprint. Lean manufacturing practices and operations were further enhanced, contributing to our sustainability goals.

  5. Membership of Carbon Neutral Britain

    We are extremely proud that we became a member of Carbon Neutral Britain in 2022 which showcases our continuous growth and innovation. Introducing new eco-friendly packaging materials like paper tape and bubble wrap also marked a milestone in achieving plastic-free packaging.

  6. Reduced hours and shipping

    June is typically a quiet month as photographers gear up for the wedding season, which is why we drop to a 4-day working week. This allows us to reduce our carbon footprint with fewer commutes and less energy usage. We also switch to shipping twice per week instead of daily to further reduce our impact by consolidating shipments.

Some of our impact reduction initiatives

A responsible business

As a responsible business, we actively review and implement new ways to minimise our impact on the environment. Below are just some of the ways we do this:

  • We’re powered by green electricity which is 100% from renewable sources.
  • 95% recycling rate for office waste and cardboard and our general waste contributes to generating energy.
  • Our PAS 2060 servers are certified as carbon neutral.
  • Our workshop is heavily insulated, climate controlled and uses low-energy LED lighting throughout.
  • Our product TLC guide and stationery are carbon-negative.
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Eco-conscious products

Crafted for enduring beauty, our products are designed to last a lifetime without compromising the delicate balance of the environment and its global ecosystem. All materials are sourced from sustainable origins, and we are committed to using 100% recycled materials whenever feasible.

In our quest for suppliers, we carefully select those who share our dedication to environmental protection. The paper we use is FSC-approved and the leather adheres to strict REACH standards, is not chrome-tanned and is produced in the EU. We support the use of leather for its natural and durable qualities and our leather is always a by-product of the meat industry meaning it doesn’t go to landfill.  

If you are interested in the eco credentials of any specific product, please contact us. We are eager to share the details of our commitment to environmental sustainability.

Packaging & logistics

While we want our products to last for generations, we aim for packaging that leaves no enduring environmental footprint. By incorporating recycled and recyclable materials wherever possible, we take pride in the fact that our packaging is entirely free of plastics.

Our chosen packaging supplier not only provides recycled cardboard, they use solar panels to generate their own electricity and have a state-of-the-art energy efficiency compressor and a waste extraction system that bales waste for resale.

After much research, we chose DHL and DPD as our shipping partners. Largely due to their carbon-neutral approach, actively offsetting all CO2 emissions and strong commitment to limiting their impact on the environment. We also do our bit by combining orders wherever possible to reduce the number of shipments, and allow people to collect from us if they prefer.

Sustainable packaging and shipping information

Consciously selected cover materials

Our cover materials are chosen with sustainability in mind, ensuring every album is as eco-friendly as it is beautiful.

Giving offcuts a new lease of life

We strive to minimise or eliminate waste whenever possible. Following the handcrafting of our leather goods, we always have leather off-cuts. In an effort to give these remnants a new purpose, we introduced upcycle leather boxes. These boxes contain leather offcuts and are available for a nominal charge to cover shipping. Alternatively, you can collect them for free from our workshop.

We envision these materials being repurposed for new and exciting projects, whether you’re into crafting, have a specific project in mind, or simply want to create something unique, like a new pair of earrings. The possibilities are diverse, from crafting motorbike seats to designing passport covers. We’ve seen some amazing examples of upcycling our leather. 

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Member's of Carbon Neutral Britain

We aspire to be carbon neutral, but realistically, we know this will take time. While we work on achieving this goal, we are committed to offsetting all our carbon emissions. We’re so passionate about this that we even strive for carbon-negative supplies where possible.

We’re proud members of Carbon Neutral Britain, which means we offset any carbon emissions we can’t avoid by contributing to the Carbon Neutral Britain Woodland fund. The offsetting we purchase contributes to projects including reforestation, deforestation prevention and woodland management projects, with a strong focus on having a positive impact on the local wildlife, ecology and biodiversity.

Examples of the most recently supported projects include preventing deforestation in the Amazon Rainforest, reforestation after wildfires in Australia, as well as woodland planting in the UK.

Learn more about CNB projects >

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Find yourself here with a question?

As a professional photographer, you know that every wedding you capture is a unique work of art. Just like selecting the right lens or finding the perfect lighting, choosing the ideal album manufacturer is a crucial decision that can make or break your client’s experience.

At Folio Albums, we’re not just about crafting stunning albums; we’re also about building meaningful relationships with professional photographers. We want to be your trusted partner on this incredible adventure.

No matter what queries are on your mind, we’re ready to have a conversation. Click the “Schedule a Call” button below, and let’s arrange a time to discuss how we can complement your photography with our exceptional albums. Whether you’re just starting out or you’re a seasoned pro, we’re here to support you and your business.

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Mauro Arena

I could not be happier with the quality of Folio Album products; prints and albums are just stunning. My clients are so happy about how the images look and also about how the paper feels at the touch. Superior quality! But this is not all. Folio Albums Customer Service is incredibly helpful, kind and fast at answering any query or at resolving any mistake I sometimes make when ordering my product. I could not work with anybody else but Folio Albums.

Mauro Arena

Mauro Arena Photographer

Hollie Nicole

love the matte paper. My customers love their albums.

Hollie Hollinshead

Hollie Nicole Photography

Garrett Brady

You’ll never have another company who have your back like these folks. They spotted an error in my work and worked extra hard to make things right. Come on, thats above and beyond!!

Garrett Brady

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