Sustainability In The Flower Industry
We look at the environmental consequences of the lack of sustainability in the flower industry and suggest ways that florists can make improvements to be more sustainable.
How Does The Flower Industry’s Lack Of Sustainability Harm The Environment?
Preserving cut flowers is possible with chemical fertilizers, insecticides, and preservatives.
These pollutants can be harmful to the ecosystem as they permeate food, water, air, and soil.
Unethical Circumstances Of Employment
These actions can lead to social and environmental problems. Flower importers are often poor because of their low earnings and difficult working conditions. Most female workers are subject to long hours, trade union persecution, and overcrowding.
How Can Florists Practice Sustainability?
The flower industry must use more sustainable methods due to the negative environmental and social effects. These are basic tips and tricks to help you make your floristry more sustainable.
How Can Sustainable Flowers Be Sourced?
- Buy Local
If you’re buying flowers from a large metropolitan flower market, make sure you know where they came from. You can also seek out local flower producers to purchase your flowers directly. Not only will you be helping the environment but also your local community.
- Select Seasonal Blossoms
Buy seasonal flowers only from local growers. Buy in-season flowers from domestic producers if you are unable to find them. Although it is more expensive than buying local flowers due to increased transit times, it’s still better than importing them.
- Buy Organic And Fairtrade Products
Think about who benefits from the sale and purchase of these flowers. Only purchase from ethical producers. Fairtrade certified or ethically-accredited vendors will ensure the well-being and environmental sustainability of the cut flower industry workers. You can rest assured that your flowers have been grown with respect for workers and in compliance with strict environmental regulations.
- Reduce Usage Of Plastics
You may be able to make small changes that can have a big impact on the industry, as well as make large-scale decisions. You can display your flowers in sustainable materials or reused or pre-owned items instead of using cellophane, plastic buckets, and plastic vases.
- Be Accountable For Your Garbage
All industries will eventually produce waste. We can be more responsible about our waste and reduce it as much as possible. You can also recycle any items that were used in displays and within the store. To bring a smile to someone’s face, donate them to the local hospital. You can also dry them and resell them.
- Include Houseplants In Your Product Line
Why not bring something new to your store? Houseplants offer a great alternative to cut flowers and are more durable. You might even be able to attract a new clientele.
What Are Environmentally Friendly Flowers?
For eco-friendly flowers, consider the following:
- Find sources with short flower storage and transport times. Refrigeration and delivery will cut CO2 emissions.
- Don’t overorder! Many cut flowers are abandoned in the floral industry. Just cut the vase-bound flower stalks.
- Choose pesticide-free flowers. Biological sprays, biostimulants, and natural pollinators like bumblebees are better for the environment. Some growers use ‘insects fighting insects,’ where the flowers’ natural enemies destroy pests and diseases.
Hopefully, you are now equipped with actionable advice that will enable you to contribute to a more sustainable flower industry. Find out how Woollahra Florist is constantly striving to become more sustainable or order a sustainable bouquet for yourself or a friend right away.