Sustainable Melbourne floral designer Flower Bird is partnering with The Nest to transform our Fair@Square tent into a floral & foliage paradise.
I love flowers – and I don’t know many people who don’t. Do you?
It doesn’t matter what the occasion – birthdays, weddings, funerals, retirements, meetings, window displays and events – flowers are often a key element.
They show appreciation and gratitude, reflect style and brand, and brighten the space, bringing nature into an unnatural environment.
However, I have recently discovered that the flowers you choose say a whole lot more. They also reveal just how much you have considered the environment, and the health and wellbeing of those who will be touched by them, both directly and indirectly.
I admit that previously this is not a question I had given much thought to beyond the obvious issues of chemical and water use when farming the plants and the recipient’s sensitivity to their scent.
Earlier this year, my eyes were opened to other elements to consider when it comes to sustainable floral design and display when Vinita Baravkar, founder of Bhumi Organic Cotton, introduced me to Mary from Flower Bird. Mary is a floral and foliage designer with a deep commitment to the health and wellbeing of people and the planet while creating some of the most exquisite designs. Since this introduction, I am more aware of the impact the floristry industry can have on our environment and this is what I have learnt.
Choose your floral designer and outlet carefully by considering the following points.
- It’s not biodegradable, thereby contributing to unsustainable practices.
- It’s toxic, containing formaldehyde and carbon black, both known carcinogens.
- Dust from the foam can cause respiratory problems and skin conditions.
Packaging and presentation
- Unnecessary packaging is used extensively and contributes to landfill
- Give preference to floral designers or florists who:
- Use vases and containers that are made from recycled materials and are recyclable – preferably recyclable glass rather than plastic
- Tie their bouquets, posies and art using reusable and recyclable fabric ribbon and natural fibres like jute
Blooms and foliage
- Are they locally grown?
- How far did they travel?
- Are they in season?
- Were chemicals used to grow the plants?
- Will the scent affect some people?
- What happens to the waste?
- Is the green waste composted? Where and how?
- Is all other waste recycled?
Flower Bird is partnering with The Nest to turn our tent into a floral paradise, using sustainable foliage. Please come along and see Mary’s work while you listen and interact with some very special people and learn from a range of experts how to reduce your exposure to toxins in your homes.
We recommend you following @FlowerBird and @Bhumi_Organic_Cotton on Instagram and see Mary’s work in action. Flower Bird delights in designing floral happiness for others: natural, sustainable, relaxed, and unique! They love the natural world around us and take great pleasure in bringing some of that joy to others.
image below: we’ve collated images from @Flower_Bird’s Instagram account.