Sustainability Practices at Kilcoe Studios

When I started Kilcoe Studios there was never a question of using plastic in my packaging as I have been resisting its use for a very long time.  Thankfully, now it is all the rage and long may that continue and grow! Here is a list of other things we do but there are always things I’d like to do better and some things I have no control over!

FSC Certified Paper

All the card and paper that the cards and Calendar are printed on are made from FSC certified paper and cards.

The Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®) is a global, not-for-profit organisation dedicated to the promotion of responsible forest management worldwide. FSC defines standards based on agreed principles for responsible forest stewardship that are supported by environmental, social, and economic stakeholders. To learn more, visit

  • The Forest Stewardship Council® is an international non-governmental organisation that promotes environmentally appropriate, socially beneficial, and economically viable management of the world’s forests. To learn more, visit
  • FSC® is dedicated to the promotion of responsible forest management worldwide.
  • FSC® helps take care of forests for future generations.
  • FSC® helps take care of forests and the people and wildlife that call them home.


Currently I source my envelopes from a UK supplier who make them from 100% Recycled paper.


The card I use for my boxes is also recycled from 100% post consumer waste and the same card is also used in labels in the clear pack of cards. 

My ‘plastic‘ covers I use for some products are from PLA plastic made from corn starch. They are suitable for home composting.

Eco Friendly

I go the extra mile also in things like other office stationary. We use refillable ink pens and not disposable biros. The tape for packaging is also paper-based and compostable. All other bits including office paper comes from a great Eco office supply in Dublin – Klee paper.

Local Economy

All my products are printed by a great family business in Cork city – City Print who have been doing them from the beginning. 

Kilcoe Studios has now moved to Ballydehob only 3 miles from my home and where it started. 

I am surrounded by a great selection of people who make up for areas where I am lacking skills, mainly  – Website design, Graphic work, Photography and Accountancy.

I use the local post office in Ballydehob for the majority of my orders. Our local postmistress worked hard to keep it open while other rural post offices closed down. 

I am delighted to be able to give work to others and currently have Erin and Anna working on packaging and helping with administration.  Anna also assists me with my craftwork items and curating exhibitions held at our Kilcoe Studios in Ballydehob.