There are several companies producing innovative products for the floral industry that are more environmentally friendly and sustainable. I recently wrote an article for the Australian Flower Industry Magazine on this topic. Floral foam is a low cost and convenient product but is not the most environmentally friendly product. There are ways to avoid or minimise its use. Some suggestions to consider:-
- Make more bunches and bouquets and less box arrangements.
- There are alternative products on the market that can hydrate bouquets/bunches without using floral foam in a wet pack wrapped in cello. One such product is Arrive Alive which we sell. Its biodegradeable and made from recycled products.
- When selecting flowers from a wholesaler or florist take a market-style approach and wrap them yourself in a bouquet in environmentally friendly paper.
There are so many other ways people are innovating for a sustainable future in floristry. What are you doing? Generations to come will thank us for our efforts.