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We recently started using biodegradable bubble wrap in the Format workshop. It’s a humble step, but it’s given us cause to reflect on all of the choices we’ve made so far and where we can continue to improve for a more sustainable business.  

There’s a long way to go, though we know more transparency with you, our customers, will hold us accountable and keep us on our toes.

This is just a snapshot of Format today — check back in the coming months as we continue to document changes around the workshop and learn to tread more lightly. 

“It is the greatest of all mistakes to do nothing because you can only do little. 
Do what you can.” — Sydney Smith

Sustainable Materials

FSC Certified Timber

Our frames are produced from locally-sourced Victorian ash which has been certified by the Forest Stewardship Council. FSC certification provides the highest level of protection for rare and endangered forests and wildlife of any existing forest certification scheme and is the only system that mandates consultation with local Indigenous Peoples. 

Better alternatives

Cotton Rag Paper Stock

We print to a 310 gsm 100% cotton rag, which is considered the most environmentally of photographic paper as it uses no tree fibres, instead it is produced from a recycled by-product of the textile making industry. While the cotton industry itself has much to answer for, as this is a by-product, it is considered to have low environmental impact as no cotton is grown specifically to make the paper stock.

Sustainable Packaging

Biodegradable bubble wrap & recycled cartons

We've switched from conventional bubble wrap to Polycell EcoPure, a biodegradable bubble wrap alternative which is designed to degrade plastic in a landfill overtime. 

We also package our frames in cartons from 3BC stock which is comprised of 77% recycled content and 33% from FSC certified kraft fibres that are sourced from Gippsland in Victoria.

From the Workshop to your Door

100% Carbon Neutral Deliveries

All Format deliveries are 100% Carbon Neutral. Our distribution company is partenred with an internationally recognised carbon solutions provider that will offset the carbon footprint of your frame from pick up to delivery.

We build to last

Protecting your print for years to come

Each Format Frame, from a mini to full-scale print, is produced from scratch in our Melbourne workshop to a museum standard, meaning your prints will be protected for over 100 years (just imagine where you work might be in all that time!).

In addition to hand-crafted frames, we use 3mm plexiglass - a shatter-proof, museum-grade alternative to glass which also protects your work from UV damage and fading over time.

sustainability at FORMAT


Our frames are packaged in biodegradable bubble wrap and cartons made from 77% recycled content and 33% FSC certified fibres.

Paper stock

We print on a high-quality 300gsm cotton rag stock, a recycled by-product of the textile industry.


Each frame is built from locally-sourced Victorian ash which has been certified by the Forest Stewardship Council.

How we

Support local

Our workshop based in Cremorne supports the local economy by employing skilled craftspeople under fair and safe working conditions to produce products that contribute to the livelihoods of many Australian artists. 

We support and facilitate local artists through initiatives such as Format Editions, Broadsheet Editions and services designed to manage the logistics of printing, framing and delivery - processes that help Australian artists sell their works online.

sustainability through

Intentional design

We provide four sizes which have been chosen based on material size to maximise yield and minimise off-cut wastage. Foam core and plexiglass aren't eco-friendly options, so until we find a quality alternative our intention is to eliminate all unnecessary wastage. 

We're proud to say we're not part of the fast moving consumer goods industry, instead we make products to last a lifetime. Whilst a bolder frame may sell today, we know our neutral colours and simple designs will stay easy on the eyes for years to come.

Step by step

What we're working on

As we take smalls steps on the path towards a fully sustainable supply chain, we know there's a lot more to be learnt and done.

With sustainable innovations and new materials released every other day, we are always looking for ways to make Format a better solution for our environment and society.

The first things on our list —  

1) Overcoming mileage by offering pickup for local customers

2) Finding a sustainable alternative to acrylic and foam core that protect your work for years to come without a millenia in landfill (unless you are the next Michelangelo in which case future generations will be thanking you for choosing Format). 

We’re so motivated by our customers and the artists we work with who strive for sustainability in their own lives and practices, so love to hear if you have any feedback or ideas. 

Please send us an email with your thoughts on how we can better our processes for a more sustainable outcome for all.

Remember to check back in as we document our next steps or stay in touch @formatframing