Here at Smith & Lily, we pride ourselves on being a green company- we care as much about the oncidium flowers of the Amazon rainforest as we do the daisies of California. Here are some of our sustainable practices to protect the environment.
🌻 We buy locally grown flowers when possible – do we really need those ranunculus flown in from Japan when we have such wondrous blooms right on our doorstep?
🌻 We don’t use floral foam. Ever. Floral foam holds stems securely in place, opening up a wider range of design possibilities and offering extra structure and security. However isn’t biodegradable and has numerous hazardous components, such as formaldehyde, carbon black, and barium sulfate to name but a few. Many of these ingredients are known to be cancerous. Please ask your florist not to use this terrible product when creating installations and centrepieces.
🌻 We use sustainable mechanics such as Agra Wool for installations with fragile flowers in the heat, chicken wire which we can reuse, and plastic trays we can re-use.
🌻 We compost any cuttings or extras we have so that no part of the plant or flower gets wasted.
🌻 We separate plastic and paper when we receive the flowers. The paper we then use for packing material when transporting flowers, therefore giving the paper a second life.
🌻 We never use chemicals, to bleach or dye our flowers and foliage.
🌻 We use diluted vodka to preserve flowers! When you add a few drops of vodka to the vase water, it delays wilting by inhibiting a flower’s production of ethylene, a ripening gas that plants emit.
🌻 We don’t use excess packaging when delivering our bouquets. We use custom tissue paper from Noissue which is compostable. Our ribbons are re-usable. Most importantly our bouquets are plastic-free.