plant, dye, flower, compost

Sustainable and Eco-friendly

Paper flowers and bouquets made from materials borrowed from nature that can be composted back to nature

Fresh flowers are compostable when they die but their beauty only lasts a very short time. Artificial flowers last for years but are impossible to recycle. Paper flowers are compostable AND will last well past your special day, giving you the best from both fresh and artificial.

The flowers, bouquets and arrangements I create are beautiful and kind to the planet. All the materials I use in their construction are fully biodegradable/compostable and my packaging 100% recyclable.

Dyes

  • I forage and source all plant material locally
  • I use the minimum amount of water, no boiling for hours
  • Plant waste from dye making is put in my home composter
  • Spent dye water is put on my garden

Paper

  • I use acid free tissue paper
  • The paper is fully compostable
  • All off cuts are put in my home composter

Flower stems

  • The stems are natural sun-bleached Midelino (rattan) sticks
  • Rattan is a sustainable crop
  • The Midelino sticks are biodegradable and compostable

Glue

  • I make the glue I use from flour, sugar, vinegar and water
  • I freeze a batch of glue in ice cube trays, defrosting only the amount needed so there is no waste

Dried foliage

  • If foraged, the foliage is only collected in small quantities from each plant/area
  • Any bought in plant material is British grown and if at all possible grown locally

Ribbons for bouquets

  • Recycled cotton material, dyed with the same natural dyes cut into ribbons
  • Natural jute twine and raffia

Packaging

  • I use FSC certified cardboard boxes, purchased locally, to post the bouquets
  • The boxes contain a unique folded cardboard liner to hold the bouquets secure
  • I use paper tape to seal the box and construct the liner
  • All the packaging is fully recyclable

My home and studio

  • Our electricity is from a 100% renewable energy provider, we don’t have gas or oil
  • Most of the containers etc. I use for the making the dyes and dying the paper are ones I already owned
  • All accounts, design and paper work are kept digitally, keeping paper usage to a minimum
  • I purchase my everyday shopping locally, as much as possible from small independent shops including a large percent from our local zero plastic refill shop
  • Buying organic food and eco friendly product as much as I can
  • Trying to reduce our packaging and recycling all that we do purchase
  • Organic and wildlife friendly garden growing a small amount of fruit, veg and grasses for drying
  • Our lifestyle certainly isn’t perfect but I try to reuse, recycle or mend as much as possible