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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Zero Waste Consultant | Collective Resource, Inc.

Mary Beth strongly believes that, “It’s always better to be doing something rather than nothing.” If you’re thinking of composting at home, she can help you work out what your particular “something” can be.

She’s confident a solution can be tailored to fit anyone’s needs and ambitions. “Anyone who eats can be a CRI customer, whether you are an individual or a large organization. I want you to understand the advantages of composting, and I can show you how CRI can make it easy.” Mary Beth has successfully designed waste diversion strategies for individuals, schools, houses of worship and other communities. She’s received the governor’s Environmental Hero award for her work at her daughter’s school. Whether you’re starting with a backyard bin, a kitchen bucket, a worm farm, or large-scale commercial collection, Mary Beth can be your good-natured guide.