Fresh cut flowers are no longer “green” in the home, office, and commercial environment.
Just consider the basic environmental practice of Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle. Compare the fact that a quality silk flower arrangement will last well over 7 years and that fresh flowers are perishable, lucky to last 7 days, even with the additional recommended care. It would require at least 364 fresh flower deliveries over the 7-years-plus lifespan of a single silk purchase. Opting for silk botanicals realizes a considerable reduction in resources (money, time, energy, water, packaging materials), as well as a bonus 99% reduction of CO2 emissions. Click to read our Carbon Footprint White Paper.
Further, silk flowers, trees, and plants may be used – and reused - for many years by rotating them to different locations and by switching them out for seasonal use. Dated designs may be donated to community organizations much the same way as clothing and furnishings are donated. They can still be a wonderful way to brighten up a room; and their flowers and foliages may be reused for creative activities.
Recycling fresh cut flower and live plant waste by composting or keeping it separate for municipal yard waste collection is not always a convenient or available option, especially for businesses. The problems created in landfills by organic waste were detailed in a previous blog: “Fresh Flowers, Silk Flowers, and Biodegradability”, and while a recycling program is currently not available for artificial plants and flowers, the recycling of the packaging from a single silk purchase is far more efficient, with much smaller impact, than that from 364 fresh cut flower shipments. Ideally, the practice of reduction and reuse is much more environmentally desirable than recycling.
Silk Botanicals are the Greenest Choice
Choices are often based on first perceptions. A comparison of the previously discussed aspects for the environmental impact of the indoor use of fresh cut flowers to silk flowers is not as obvious as one might first perceive. The facts prove the choice of artificial silk flowers, trees, and plants provide the “greenest” strategy for indoor use over fresh botanicals.
Silk Botanicals save resources and produce a drastically smaller carbon footprint, have the longest service life, are biostable and use less space in landfills.