Help boost your sales with sustainable practices and products

Added June 5, 2024
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There’s an active consumer group in the floral industry that caters to businesses that are environmentally responsible and embrace sustainable practices from seed to centerpiece.

This presents new opportunities for wholesale, retail, and event florists. By incorporating eco-friendly practices into your business, your floral business can thrive, while aligning with the values of an active segment of the market.

A demand for sustainable products

Consumers seeking sustainable products follow a core set of principles that prioritize environmental well-being throughout the floral supply chain. And they’re willing to pay companies that hold—and practice—a similar set of values.

In a 2023 survey by the American Society for Horticultural Science, 61% indicated they would be more willing to make purchases from an environmentally friendly floral provider versus one who isn’t.

Practices that influence their buying decisions include sustainable sourcing of flowers, using environmentally friendly packaging, reducing inventory waste, and promoting organic growing methods.

By embracing these practices, you’re not only making a positive impact on the environment, but you’re also positioning your business as a niche provider in the industry. And you’re appealing to a powerful segment of consumers who support growers who prioritize environmental responsibility.

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Benefits of embracing sustainable practices

Incorporating eco-friendly measures into your operations can help your business in three key areas.

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Economic benefits

While there might be an initial investment in sourcing local flowers or using sustainable packaging, eco-friendly practices can lead to long-term cost savings through reduced waste, lower energy consumption, and efficient use of resources.

Additionally, the market demand for eco-friendly flower production provides an opportunity for you to command higher prices for your sustainable arrangements. In the same American Society for Horticultural Science survey, a majority of respondents said they were willing to pay 10% or more for sustainable products.

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Environmental advantages

Sustainable practices such as local sourcing, reduced water usage, and use of biodegradable materials translate to a smaller carbon footprint. If you also support growers who prioritize natural habitats and beneficial insects, you’re contributing to biodiversity preservation.

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Social impact

The sustainable movement is about fostering a sense of environmental responsibility within your community. By supporting and promoting sustainable practices, you’re contributing to the well-being of your community.

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Implementing environmentally friendly practices at your business

Here are key areas to consider when translating the principles of the sustainable movement into actionable steps for your business.

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Sourcing flowers

Seek out local flower farms that prioritize sustainable practices. Look for certifications like USDA Organic or Fairtrade International to ensure ethical and environmentally responsible sourcing. Obtain your flowers and foliage locally to reduce carbon emissions associated with transportation and support local growers.

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Eco-friendly techniques

Implement sustainable practices in your greenhouse operations and floral design, such as:

  • Using drip irrigation systems to conserve water

  • Incorporating natural alternatives to chemical fertilizers

  • Experimenting with sustainable and biodegradable materials for floral arrangements, such as recycled paper, plant-based plastics, or compostable containers

  • Composting your organic materials after events

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Creative reuse

Repurpose and reuse floral supplies whenever possible. Use recycled packaging materials for your bouquets. Offer a discount on arrangements made with flowers nearing the end of their vase life or for customers who bring in their own vases for reuse.

Marketing your efforts

Once you’ve embraced sustainable practices, let your customers know about it.

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Educate your customers

Share your environmental philosophy and its benefits. Post engaging details on your website and social media platforms about the sustainable practices you’ve implemented.

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Partner with eco-conscious suppliers

Showcase your collaboration with sustainable farms and flower distributors. Feature their stories on your online platforms to demonstrate your commitment to ethical and eco-friendly sourcing.

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Embrace social media

Use social media outlets to promote your eco-friendly practices in a visually engaging way. Share behind-the-scenes glimpses of your sustainable sourcing practices and highlight arrangements featuring locally sourced blooms.

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An avenue to help grow your business

By being an active participant in this movement, you can market yourself as a sustainable florist, attract a new clientele, and foster brand loyalty with environmentally conscious customers.

You can also inspire other florists to adopt sustainable practices, contributing to a more responsible and environmentally friendly floral sector.

And remember, if your business changes as you implement more environmentally sound practices, your horticultural business insurance policy should reflect those changes.

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