In my previous life before I became a florist, I worked in the event industry and more specifically, implementing sustainable management systems within events and their organisations.
Being passionate about looking after the environment, staff welfare and ensuring process are in place to help the business or event run to plan - should have ensured that I do the same with my own business.
To some degree I have naturally followed a sustainable way of working by doing the following;
- Not over ordering and creating more financial and actual waste
- Recycling where possible
- Using materials that can be reused by the customer (jugs, gift bags, transporter boxes)
- Combining orders so less transportation required
- Minimal printing of marketing material and always on FSC paper
- Exhibition materials are non dated and resuable so cuts down on waste and is financially sensible!
- Processes for operational control being developed
- Stakeholder engagement though social media
So, all going in the right direction for a fairly new business but I know I can do more and I think that if I can lock down my operational processes and start to measure my waste, mileage, materials etc I will feel happier and more secure about the business and will allow me to communicate more about practices and maybe help others.
I've already started looking into how to reduce plastic waste and sourcing a more sustainable solution - hopefully I may have found this with a VegWare product but it needs further testing. I've reduced the amount used on bouquets by 2/3's by cutting out the 'dressing' and just using enough to hold water for wet packs. (See pic)
So my goal over the next few months will be to identify my targets and set time scales to them, I need to be selfish and set aside a good day to do this without kids, dogs and weddings :D
Any feedback you have would be great, I'd love to hear if you think this is good practise or if you're not at all bothered!