Here at the The Flower Farm, we pride ourself on our honesty regarding environmental issues within our business. While we strive to run The Flower Farm as greenly as we can, we are not perfect, and have to be realistic. We’re always looking for ways to provide our customers with exactly what they want in the most sustainable way possible.
We are working hard to reduce our carbon footprint and the amount of waste we produce to reduce our impact on the environment.
Our aim is to provide the highest quality flowers, in the varieties that you love. Whilst giving you the most value for money, in the most sustainable way possible.
We love seasonal flowers, in our opinion you cannot beat them! They are the best value for money, travel the smallest distances, and just look right for the time of year. We always consider where our flowers come from, and how they are grown to reduce the amount of transportation and air miles. Our aim to work with our own, homegrown flowers first and foremost; followed by other British flower growers, and where possible will opt for seasonal and British varieties in our designs before anything else.
However, a lot of flowers used in the floristry industry are imported from other countries. We are always happy to use them if they are specifically requested to get the look you want for your wedding date. For example if you love roses, it is often difficult to source British grown ones that are good enough quality to meet our high standards. So we would more often than not import them, always trying to choose a product that has been grown and produced in an ethical and sustainable way.
Reduce and recycle waste
All our green waste is separated from any other rubbish and composted. Any additional cardboard from flower deliveries are returned to the wholesalers to re-use.
Our flowers are either picked specifically for your designs. Or when ordered in, we buy the specific required amounts, to ensure a minimal storage time so you get to enjoy the flowers at their freshest. This reduces any need for refrigeration and cuts down on the amount of water used to hydrate the flowers.
Minimal use of floral foam
Floral foam provides great support for flower stems, and as it is so absorbent, provides a good source of water. However, it is a plastic which does not break down in landfill.
Oasis, the main producer of floral foam has developed a new bio-degradable floral foam which is now our first choice if we need to use foam, however where financially and time efficiently practical, we are opting for alternative methods and more natural materials to form a base for our designs.
Re-use and recycle packaging and mechanics
We don’t use any cellophane for our gift bouquets or bridal bouquets. They are presented in glass jars or vases which can be reused, rather than wrapped in layers of cellophane and paper.
Our gift cards are made from FSC paper from responsible sources and are printed within the UK, avoiding any toxic inks often present in imported cards. We have also replaced the plastic card forks with wooden alternatives.
Rather than using new plastic containers for all our floral designs we consider more eco-friendly alternatives if it fits with your style, such as milk churns, wooden crates or cut-glass vases that have been upcycled.
We always try and lend containers for our weddings rather than sourcing new for every event. The vases and stands we already own are available to use free of charge along side your flower order with us.
Our electric comes from a green electric supplier, and we don’t use any heat mats, or artificial lights on our homegrown blooms. We also try to avoid the use of pesticides on our homegrown flowers. In fact we haven’t used any at all in the last two years. The seed trays and pots are reused each year, and have moved over to using a peat free compost.
All our quotes, contracts and invoices are sent via email to cut down on paper and energy used for printing.
Our delivery routes are planned to make sure we use the most direct route and reduce fuel emissions.
We only offer flowers for weddings within our region, the North West of England, we don’t travel all over the country or into Europe.