Hands on approach

About Hands on Harps

Hands on Harps is a musical manufacturer set up in 2013 based in Woodchester. Their aim is to make learning the harp affordable and accessible and do so in a way that doesn’t compromise their values.

They source their wood only from FSC certificated suppliers. (FSC® is an independent, non-governmental, not for profit organization established to promote the responsible management of the world’s forests.)

They are Carbon Neutral. To Hands on Harps this means reducing their carbon emissions as much as they possibly can, and then triple offsetting the rest.

They endeavor to make learning the harp affordable. They want people to be able to afford to get their hands on a harp and have fun with it. They are passionate about the craft of harp making, and always strive to continually improve the harps that they make. They believe that being affordable and environmentally friendly doesn’t have to mean a compromise on quality.

We were already trying to make our business as green as we could, but with support from Zellar that has become easier and more effective. As well as the practical advice from the hands-on and knowledgeable team, we also now have the visible credentials that we can share with our customers, which is also important to us. The in-depth advice on their dashboard has prompted us to take various steps to reduce our footprint, some big and some small, mostly on our heating system and footprint of our workshop.

Creag Louttit-Vermaat, Hands on Harps

Action Taken
  • Woodland creation in Yorkshire
  • Sustainable forestry in Uruguay
  • Smart Thermostat
  • Electric Vehicle Charging
  • LED Lighting
  • Radiator Valves (TRVs)
  • Windows & Doors
  • Hand Dryers
  • Electric Vehicle

Zellar Score



3 future offset


2 tonnes


5 tonnes total offset

  • Total - 100m2 habitat restored, split into:
  • Planted 8 trees
  • Protected 60m2 of rainforest
  • Reduced direct emissions from 2.3t to 1.2t (52%) over last 2 years
  • Saved ~£200/yr on energy bills