Our sustainable Practices
Working in a sustainable way is important to Charlie's Flower Boutique, that's why we want to make sure we are reducing any negative impacts we have and creating positive ones. The floristry industry is in some ways an incredibly unsustainable business from the growing to the shipping, packaging and waste. However, there is a growing trend towards returning to traditional ways of working with sustainable and compostable materials.
Whilst we are not entirely sustainable, currently our practices include the following measures;
Not over ordering and creating more financial and actual waste.
Any gift bouquets are presented in glass vases, no plastic wrap is used for presentation / aqua packing.
Recycling and composting where possible.
No foam - Sourcing alternative degradable materials and suppliers who have sustainability as part of their values; such as FloraGuppy
Water left over from conditioning is used on my garden
Using materials that can be reused by the customer (vases, jugs, paper gift bags, cardboard transporter boxes).
Provide the option to customers of British grown flowers from the local area.
Always try to source flower from local growers before buying imported
Left over flowers are used elsewhere on the event where possible at no extra charge to the client
Flowers collected post event are donated to local community cafes, schools to encourage learning / art projects etc.
Combining flower orders so less transportation required, also making use of the wholesaler's delivery option so part of a number of deliveries en route.
Minimal printing of marketing materials and always use FSC paper.
Exhibition materials are non-dated and re-usable so reduced waste and makes financial sense.
Processes for operational control being developed to help create a stable way of working.
Stakeholder engagement through social media networks and workshops.
Encouraging others in the industry to be more sustainable
If you’re interested in what we do and would like to keep up to date - we will post on our blog along the way as well as posting on Instagram and Facebook.
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