Thursday, 12 February 2015

Tread lightly

 Like many consumer industries, floristry has an impact on the environment. It isn't entirely avoidable, but there are measures that growers and florists can take to help lessen their footprint.

If you would like your next floral purchase to be as eco-friendly as it can be, here are some things to consider.

Ask your florists what flower(s) is in season.

Ask if your florist stocks any locally grown flowers.

If you can, avoid imported varieties, such as roses flown in from South America and South Africa, or orchids from Asia. Local varieties do exist.

Ask for eco-friendly wrapping. Brown paper is a good option. With a smart ribbon it looks chic and on point too!

If possible avoid arrangements that may require excessive amounts of floral foam.

Consider getting your arrangement made up in a vase. You don't have to buy one from your local florist. Take a treasured vase from home into the store and ask what they recommend to put in it.

When selecting the style of wedding bouquet you might like, consider the hand tied/natural stem option. It uses less sundries (things other than the flowers) to construct.

If you're having wedding flowers delivered by a florist, tell them that you don't mind if the bouquets arrive in a recycled box from the store, rather than a specially purchased presentation box for the occasion. 

Perhaps opt out of flower food. It is not strictly necessary. A clean vase and fresh water is really all your blooms need.

When your flowers have reached the end of their life, take a close look at the arrangement. Which parts can be recycled? Is there any way to compost the green waste? Can you use anything again for another purpose?

Help your florist be as green as green can be.

Kate  x

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