How can flower giving be made more sustainable

How can flower giving be made more sustainable?

Flowers are one of the traditional ways to show love or gratitude among other feelings but the single-use nature of flower bouquets is not the most sustainable. Composting them is one of the best ways to show your love for our planet once they are past their prime.

Collective Resource would like to show our love for the flower-focused businesses and organizations in the Chicago area that compost their flowers and offer other ways to make flower business earth-friendly.

Pollen in Logan Square

A special event florist located in Logan Square, began composting with us back in 2011. They had been composting onsite and found us when their volume exceeded their capacity. In addition to their regular business, ReBloom is Pollen’s flower donation program that repurposes their floral arrangements. To find out more, click here.

Larkspur in West Town

A full-service florist located on the near west side of Chicago, became our customer and joined our composting community in 2017. Floral arrangements can be purchased from them and delivered to Chicago and many suburbs. See their website for details. Larkspur has a floral farm in southern Michigan and grows many of its own flowers during the growing season.

Random Acts of Flowers Chicago

They are one of our newer customers. Random Acts of Flowers are a national not-for-profit with a branch located in Evanston. They improve the emotional health and well-being of individuals in health care facilities by delivering recycled flowers, encouragement and personal moments of kindness. Consider donating to this lovely organization in honor of your loved one. There are so many ways to interact and assist this organization. Look at their website to learn more.

Do you have a flower business and consider introducing sustainable practices? Collective Resource can help you address your composting needs. Take a look our commercial composting service description and don’t hesitate to contact us for more information.

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Customer Service | Collective Resource, Inc

Taking care of a sick loved one with many digestive problems spurred Phoenix into the world of terms like Organic, Pasture Raised, and Locally Grown. She dove in headlong, leaving her career in graphic design and first volunteering with the Peterson Garden Project, then doing an internship at Metropolitan Farms, and finally meeting Erlene (Owner of Collective Resource Compost) at a networking event. Phoenix sat down next to Erlene and saw a stack of orange buckets next to her. They started chatting about composting and she got the guts up to ask Erlene if her company was hiring. That was in June 2018. She has washed buckets, run routes, and now she is behind the computer sharing her knowledge and using her talent for logistics and customer service. Phoenix encourages everyone to embrace an imperfect but continuing effort to make a difference right now for our environment.