How Flora Joy is your Eco friendly Gympie florist
In terms of environmental care, just what makes a florist "eco friendly"
Our eco friendly Gympie florist is fueled with a love for nature and the pleasure of working with it. We all recognise that these marvels of nature are the highest embodiment of our deep feelings, by giving them to those we care about. It's only follows that we, in turn, care about the environmental impact of the flowers we source and work with.
- Wraps bouquets in pretty plastic
- Buys floral foam (enviro toxin)
- AU + world flowers (fumigated)
- Global flower transport
- Green waste too toxic for compost
- Wraps bouquets in pretty paper
- Uses alternatives to floral foam
- Less insecticide-sprayed AU flowers
- Local farms + AU flower transport
- Green waste sent for composting
- The best eco florist practices +
- 50 to 100% organic, local flowers
- Protects bugs, bees, birds & wildlife
- 50 to 100% less flower transport
- Green waste composted on site
Please note: this graph is only a generalisation. Each florist is nuanced. A traditional florist might use their granny's homegrown organic dahlias and roses. If a florist says they are an "eco florist," however, there is a good chance the middle box best describes their practices.
ALL florists do hard work in a risky business. Flowers that don't sell fast can't go on a special's table to eventually get your wholesale dollar back - those dollars must be thrown out. Risky indeed! We do not begrudge traditional florists. All florists are putting themselves out there, to have enough flowers stocked, so that when something happens to someone's love one, flowers are at-the-ready.
Ways our Eco friendly Gympie florist is like other eco florists
All florists who use the term "eco friendly" to describe their business would say similar things to us (below).
In orther words, our Eco friendly Gympie florist is a sustainable florist
“Sustainability looks to protect our natural environment, human and ecological health, while driving
innovation and not compromising our way of life.” https://www.environmentalscience.org/sustainability
Sustainable floristry is the way forward, because -
- The cut flower industry is one of the biggest users of pesticides worldwide, and pesticides are the major cause of the worrying decline of insects that pollinate food crops.
- The majority of flowers sold by Australian florists and flower markets, are imported, which contributes to a lot of resources, fuel, pollution and carbon emissions in transport.
- Imported flowers have a large chemical footprint, since they must be fumigated before being allowed into the country, and their country of origin likely permits even more toxins in their sprays (herbicide, insecticide, etc).
- Synthetic fertilisers are the cheapest and thus the most common fertiliser in industrial farming. Made from petrochemicals, it's a salt that kills soil life needed to stimulate plant roots, for healthy growth and resiliency against disease and bug attack. Using this one chemical means a farmer must then use more chemicals for better disease and pest resistance.
- Plastic - A lot of bouquets go out the florist door in poly-wrap, since paper requires care not to get wet.
- Floral foam, used by florists for decades - is a synthetic, non-biodegradable, single-use micro-plastic.
Things are slowly getting better, florist by florist. Demand drives the market, so the more customers ask florists for more local blooms (and less chemicals), the more florists will ask that of wholesalers and farmers. Eventually, cleaner blooms should be common!
How Flora Joy is your "extra" eco friendly Gympie florist
We strive to go beyond that of a regular eco florist or sustainable florist, to be a regenerative florist.
We want to do more than cause the least harm. We want to nurture nature and be guided by the way it was created to function.
Disclaimer: periodically, we sometimes buy-in some wholesale flowers so we have enough for orders. These are always 100% Australian grown, and we seek out South East Queensland flower farmers first and foremost.
A note about bugs and eco friendly floristry
In short, bugs mean life! Protect the bugs!
The longer version is that, since eco friendly florist practices are becoming more widespread only in the past few years, we suspect and hope it is only the tip of the iceberg. If only for the sake of bugs, an eco florist in 5 or so years time hopefully means that they can easily source at least 50% organic flowers. Because, pesticides are proving detrimental to bees and other important insects needed for the circle of life.
The Guardian reports: "Bees may take generations to recover from one exposure to insecticides" HERE (just one way pesticides harm).
When you realise just how important the creepy crawlies are, you might fall in love with bugs, too! 😉