As Liverpool florists, we feel very close to the Earth and want to protect it. We have all seen those shocking pictures of plastic filling our oceans, heard the terrible news about climate change and are all aware of how our planet is being used and abused.
So, we have made a promise to ourselves we will be as eco-friendly as possible, so our beautiful flowers do not cost the earth.
So what have we done to achieve this?
WE HAVE MADE OUR PACKAGING RECYCLABLE
To become eco-friendly florists, we have made a lot of changes in our Flower Shop, starting with our packaging.
We have changed all of our packaging, so that it is now eco-friendly. To achieve this, we worked with our packaging supplier to remove the lamination off our boxes so that they can be put into your general recycling.
We have also changed our gift wrap, to an Eco-Flowerwrap and now only use string and hessian rather than plastic ribbon.
Right down to the biodegradable oasis, and the flower food sachet we use – it is now all compostable or can be fully recycled.
The small amount of plastic we do use (as a water bubble in our bouquets) is made from special biodegradable cellophane.
We also like to educate our customers into being more eco-friendly. Did you know… when flowers are thrown away in your normal bin, they end up in landfill. As they break down, they produce the harmful greenhouse gas methane. But if you put your flowers in a compost heap or garden-waste bin (green bin) then this will not happen. So, avoid sending your flowers to the landfill and once you have finished enjoying your flowers from us, they will go back into growing more flowers!
We have also started to recycle all of our green waste. So rather than sending our left-over flowers and off-cuts to landfill to create methane gas, we use a recycling-led waste management solution. They have a zero waste to landfill policy and have a legal obligation to adhere to TEEP. What this means for us, is that they separate green waste - it goes to anaerobic digestion (a sequence of processes by which micro-organisms break down biodegradable material in the absence of oxygen) which means they create energy from it.
As well as reducing the amount of plastic we use, we have also been working towards reducing the amount of paper we use. Yes, occasionally we need to print off an order note, but our specialised Floral Software has streamlined our systems, allowing us to minimise the use of paper and when we do run out of toner, we have been returning our empty cartridges for them to be recycled (rather than sending them to landfill!)
We have also started using Who gives a crap toilet paper! Purchasing loo roll from Who Gives A Crap, means we are now using paper made from 100% recycled fibres, and they donate 50% of their profits to help build toilets and improve sanitation in the developing world.
When we receive a delivery of sundries or stationery, we always make sure the cardboard boxes in which it came in, is reused by us when we are sending out gifts from our online gift shop. This means we do not just throw cardboard away. Plus, the large boxes of flowers, we get from our suppliers are emptied are returned to them, to be re-used again and again!
Another thing we have thought about was our power supply at the Flower Shop on Booker Avenue. We do not use Gas as a method of power and have recently changed all our lights to more efficient LED lighting. Plus, our electric supplier is Octopus, who has been awarded (for the second year running) the company that has done the most to advance UK renewables, as they only get energy greenly sourced, supplying 100% green electricity to customers, and investing in new renewable generation.
Last but not least, we are involved in The Big Green Week (18th – 26th September) where thousands of events will celebrate how communities are taking action to tackle climate change and protect green spaces, and encourage others to get involved too. Read our Big Green Week Blog to find out more.
OUR CLIMATE COMMITMENT
As well as being eco-friendly Liverpool Florists, we are committed to Net Zero Emission before 2030 ahead of the proposed UK Government target of 2050.
We have registered with the SME Climate Hub who is committed to Net Zero Emission before 2050 and committing to halve greenhouse gas emissions before 2030.
SMEs around the world are making a climate commitment to work together to achieve this target.
We have also joined the United Nations Race to Zero which is a global campaign to rally leadership and support from businesses, cities, regions, investors for a healthy, resilient, zero-carbon recovery that prevents future threats, creates decent jobs, and unlocks inclusive, sustainable growth.
Our climate commitment also includes the use of electric cars to do our deliveries, which we are currently looking into and are very excited about.
ECO-FRIENDLY LIVERPOOL FLORISTS
With regards to the specific industry of floristry, we have made a commitment to undertake environmentally friendly practices to reduce the carbon footprint of bringing flowers from their source to the consumer.
This means where possible, we buy flowers from local growers with no plastic involved in their packaging and of course no air miles! We use a number of British growers, who support the grown not flown movement and who will accept the return of cardboard packaging, so it can be reused.
So, if you are looking for an eco-friendly, sustainable, and ethically minded Liverpool Florist, then visit us on Booker Avenue, for beautiful bouquets that will not cost the earth!
Booker Flowers and Gifts, 7 Booker Avenue, Liverpool, L18 4QY