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Eco-friendly Florist

Since our opening, In Bloom Floral Boutique has recognized the important relationship between our industry and the environment. A healthy sustainable planet goes hand in hand with all of the beautiful flowers and plants that we so proudly display in our boutiques.

How did this start? Our first step towards reducing our carbon footprint came from one of our supplies. Hartmont Candles began offering a wonderful new soy candle that was displayed in votive candle holders. To help reduce, reuse and recycle they came up with the brilliant idea of having customers return their votives for a rebate against their next one. This was a program that we became very excited about because it also allowed us to reduce the shipping and creating of extra containers. For us this was just the beginning.

What have we been doing? In Bloom has become well known for our quality products but not everyone knows that most of fresh flowers are locally grown here on Vancouver Island on family farms and greenhouses. Many flower shops buy their products from suppliers that import them from all over the world, most notably South & Latin America. Buying local not only provides us with the freshest possible product but again allows us to reduce our overall carbon footprint.

Along with a general recycling system for packaging and using local product we also use a delivery service for transporting our deliveries to their recipients. Instead of making specific trips for each delivery using the service allows the drivers to meet at check points and organize their routes for the fastest and most efficient delivery cutting down on the amount of actual drive time and emissions.

One of the most frequently used products in a flower shop outside of flowers and greens is the plastic wrap that that bouquets are wrapped with. After some searching and testing we are happy to say that we now wrap all of our bouquets in a Biodegradable Cello wrap. Just this small step alone will help keep twenty thousand feet of traditional plastic wrap out of landfills.

What else can we do? Starting July 1st In Bloom will begin a new program to help reduce waste. Bring in your old\dead flowers or plants and we will compost them for you! In addition each time you bring something you will receive 10% off of your purchase for that day.

This is a great system for people who live in buildings that donít have the option of composting and a great way to keep your home always looking fresh!

Stop by one of our boutiques for more information.

posted: October 15th, 2008

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