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Do you ever create a beautiful wedding full of gorgeous flowers, and return to the studio, overwhelmed by the amount of trash bags that need to be taken out?
As I've continued to define what I want my company's brand to symbolize, I've become painfully conscious of just how wasteful our beautiful wedding industry can be, and it doesn't have to be; this is easier to change than you might think!
For me, it’s just as important that I reduce my company’s carbon footprint, as it is to create beautiful events for my clients. without a conscientious focus on sustainability, the future of flowers looks dim.
Here are my top 5 reasons why sustainability in floral design matters:
1. Sustainability reduces your company's pollution of our planet.
2. Reducing pollution contributes to reducing climate change.
3. Reusing materials for design mechanics and flower transportation reduces your company’s overall expenses, allowing you to invest that money elsewhere.
4. Without sustainability to save our planet, there will be no way to grow the beautiful flowers that sustain YOUR business!
5. If you still aren't convinced that this is important for global reasons, this is an issue that's important to today's generation of brides and grooms. Your clients will relate to this, even if you can’t!
Years ago I wrote a blog post about sustainable floristry and how I recycle at Sweet Blossoms. At the time that I wrote it, I was quite proud of the fact that I was able to recycle so much of the waste that comes with the flowers that I use for weddings. To be clear, […]
Anyone who has been following my business knows how I feel about local flowers. If you don’t know, let me reiterate my wish for local flowers. I LOVE local flowers. My company has been committed to buying American Grown flowers and foliage for many reasons: 1) The product is fresher, generally cut into fresh water and […]
Mallory and Jesse wanted an eco-friendly wedding at Zigbone Farm Retreat in Sabillasville, MD, with a peachy, coral-y palette that had a casual wildflower vibe to go with their venue. Zigbone is an eco-friendly farm with historic buildings, farm animals, gorgeous mountain views and space for all sorts of gatherings! Mallory first got in touch […]
This past August, I was finally lucky enough to take an informative visit to local CA flower farms. I attended The Floral Source‘s Retreat to California to visit the flower farms around Santa Cruz. We stayed at the beautiful Sand Rock Farm, which is open for weddings and other special events and it served as […]
Well, we are wrapping up June with American Flowers Week! Maybe you have heard of American Grown Flowers or Slow Flowers? Slow Flowers is a movement, started by Debra Prinzing, which educates consumers about the importance of making a conscious choice to purchase cut flowers which have been grown domestically (preferably locally), instead of […]
So you have seen all the behind-the-scene pics from my amazing trip to Vermont this fall. Here is the culmination of all our hard work – a foam free, completely American Grown fall-inspired wedding arch, with matching bouquet and boutonniere. Honestly, I think this is some of my favorite work….but as you know, I say […]
Today’s topic? Going green here at Sweet Blossoms! Operating a business that has the smallest carbon footprint as possible has been a priority of mine since I started the company three years ago. One thing that became apparent to me immediately was there is a huge potential for waste when looking at the way that […]
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