At Wildbunch Florists, we recognise that our business is almost entirely reliant on nature and the environment, and therefore we recognise that is our responsibility to look after it. As a result, we have created our ReWilding programme.
Our ReWilding Programme was introduced in early 2023, with the intention of reducing our impact on the environment in 3 ways; reducing our flower miles, reducing our waste, and minimising our use of plastics in packaging and events.
To become a more sustainable company, we realised we had to reduce our reliance on importing flowers and plants from around Europe and Africa. As a result, we began to explore whether we could source our products more locally. We are now proud to say that almost all the plants that we sell are grown in Hampshire, and, when seasonality permits, most of our flowers are too. However, that was not enough. We realised that with the growing demand for English Flowers, we could even grow some of the products ourselves. That is why we started our own ‘Wild Patch’ where we grow the Dahlias and Narcissus that we sell in our shops, meaning that our flowers have likely been cut that same day.
As a company, we also realised that the waste that we produce is an issue. As a result, we have now set up compost sites off our premises where all our plant waste is now deposited. This compost is then used when repotting plants in our Plant Centre, ensuring that nothing is going to waste.
Finally, one of the biggest problems was our reliance on single-use plastics. We have almost entirely eradicated these from our day-to-day operations; however, event floristry is where we are proud of the steps we have made. Earlier in 2023, we completed our first ever plastics free wedding, with no use of floral foam or any other single-use plastics. Whilst it is not currently possible to do this at every event, we continue to look for more ways to reduce our use of floral foam and single-use plastics.
We remain committed to doing our bit for the planet and continue to look for new ways and initiatives to reduce our impact.
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