Welcome back the Maura Collection blog where we bring you the very best of our faux flower bouquets and more. In today’s blog post we discuss a topic that is very pertinent at the moment and very meaningful to ourselves on a personal level: the eco-credentials of faux flowers. Much has been written, and quite rightly so in our opinion, about how we can all endeavour to be more ecologically friendly. From the charging for plastic bags in supermarkets to reducing our carbon footprint: many of us try to live in greener ways. With this in mind we look at the advantages that faux flowers arrangements have over fresh flowers and how they can help you to reduce your carbon footprint.
Faux flowers have an indefinite shelf life meaning that in terms of how they are transported, they can help reduce the impact on the environment. Indeed, many of our own suppliers ship by sea and not by air which reduces the impact on the environment.
As we all know, very few flowers on the UK market are grown locally and have to be imported from far away places such as Africa or South America where the climate is right all year round for growing. Again, it is this reliance on importation and the huge environmental costs that they may have that makes us say, go artificial! In terms of waste, artificial flowers stay looking good for years with a regular dust whereas fresh flowers have to be replaced at least every week. When they die they are put in the bin (unless you compost) and sent to landfill where they decay and omit methane.
Of course, there is no denying that there is a a huge demand for fresh flowers, especially on certain days such as Valentines and other such important occasions.
With such ongoing demand the growers have to keep up constant production which involves chemicals to keep disease at bay – of course organic options do exist but are out of the reach of many. Naturally, this intensive farming process is not good for the environment or the workers at the flower farms.
As with any industry, the market decides and with the World looking to go greener many countries who produce real flowers are addressing these problems and hopefully they will install solutions to combat this.
We agree that fresh flowers are beautiful and make some occasion’s truly special. At Maura Collection, we believe that the best solution is to but them less often and to go as local as possible. If you do have the space, cultivating a small cutting garden is rewarding and comes with enormous benefits that aren’t just ecological.
We think that the best solution is always a healthy balance. Why not invest in some beautiful realistic faux arrangements that can be used as regular centrepieces for rooms and spaces, buy less fresh and mix them with good artificial greenery and branches.
Have you seen our latest collection? We have curated a wonderful selection of artificial flower arrangements for Spring that herald in the cooling colours and refreshing tones of one of our most favourite seasons.