Sustainable Florals

Sevenoaks

Your flowers should be a talking point for all the right reasons – not because they’ve left an irreparable footprint on planet Earth. Twig & Bee is on a mission to make floristry sustainable – from seed to design. My work is rooted in sustainable floristry – without compromise.
What does this really mean?

‘How do I make every single step of this design sustainable from start to finish?’ – everything I design starts with this.

Sustainable floristry must be consciously built into a design, from the smallest bouquet to a large installation. Sustainability isn’t an after-thought with a bit of recycled paper or refusing to use floral foam (though that’s a start!) – it’s the very essence of what I do and how I think about flowers – from the seed of a design idea to the final piece.

Floral foam free

You won’t find any floral foam in my work, ever.

There are so many other options for basic mechanics to create awesome designs that there is just no place for a green block of micro plastics and chemicals…..

Single-use plastic free

Not in wrappings, ribbons or print…..yes, it makes my life harder but I’m up for the challenge of finding alternatives! And I only use re-usable plastic when I am able to take them back from an event and re-use them again and again and again….

Use ‘grown-not-flown’, seasonal flowers & foliage

Brit Blooms are rightly having their moment – they gift us colour, scent and varieties that are simply not available elsewhere and this creates unique and stand-out designs. In season (approx. March Oct), you can’t beat UK grown seasonal blooms.

“But what about in winter?!”, I hear you cry!

Well, it’s a perfect time for fifty shades of green (foliage) – and, some clever growers in the UK are developing sustainable methods to ensure increasing flower varieties throughout the year. Hurray!

Source blooms carefully
There are occasions where it’s necessary to source from abroad. So I search high and low for growers/suppliers who minimise air-freight, who are committed to sustainably sourced & grown blooms and/or who support grass-roots growers & farmers abroad.
Use dried flowers
Not your grandparent’s old pot-pourri kind! The very on-trend, (non chemically) grown, dried and preserved kind. Perhaps not for everyone but they’re certainly en vogue and last forever- so no wastage here.
Fully biodegradable packaging, printing, inks & adhesives
From paper to ribbon, stickers to cards – all packaging can be composted, or at least recycled.
Considered delivery

I don’t keep flower stock as I’m a studio florist (and it’s wasteful). I ask for a longer lead time than most florists, so that I can combine orders to minimise deliveries to my studio, and also so that I can keep my delivery miles down by delivering to similar locations in one go. Local deliveries are even on foot sometimes – though really I’d love a ‘flower bike’ (when I’m brave enough to tackle the local hills!)

Click here to enquire about, or to order, flower delivery in the local area. Free collection is always available

Sustainable floristry certificate

I am part-way through completion of an industry education and membership program that will officially recognise my sustainability focus – more updates here as soon as it is completed! Really looking forward to being recognised as a Sustainable Floristry Network member!

Sustainable techniques in floristry are constantly evolving – and there’s always more I can do. Feel free to ask me anything about this – I promise if I don’t have a solution or answer I will get out there and find one!

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