Can you recycle flowers?

Fresh flowers light up dull places and research shows that flowers enhance mood and help us deal with stress. But what happens to them after they’ve been enjoyed or the events ends? Most people choose to throw them away in the garbage. But wait! There are two things you can do to not let good flowers go to waste and harm the environment. Donating your flowers to be enjoyed by others or composting the flowers which can’t be saved are the only two options people should consider when working with florals.

Thankfully we’re all becoming more aware of what’s filling up our landfills. As such, there has been increased awareness for flower recycling.  Flowers, being perishable products, have a short shelf life, which makes them susceptible to a quick single-use and straight-to-landfill cycle.

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Can You Recycle Flowers?

Yes, you can. We all can. Planning a big event that requires plenty of fresh flowers is no easy task. Exploring where you will donate your flowers after the event and coordinating the details may appear to be another overwhelming task. There are organizations like ReBLOOM that offer floral recycling. After completing your wedding or similar large event, you can donate them instead of throwing them away. This is one of the most thoughtful ways of giving your flowers a new life and spreading the joy of your happy day or event. ReBLOOM creates new bouquets from the leftover flower arrangements and donates them to a charity of your choice. Reusing and recycling every part of  the flower arrangement. This gives the florals a few more days to bring joy to someone who truly needs that emotional boost in their life.

 

The Importance of Recycling and Composting Florals

Recycled flowers spread happiness to people in hospice and healthcare facilities. There are several institutions like homeless shelters, retirement homes, children’s hospitals and nursing homes that will appreciate the gesture. The flower donations help to breathe new life into their facilities’ appearance.

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Recycled flowers spread happiness to people in hospice and healthcare facilities. There are several institutions like homeless shelters, retirement homes, children’s hospitals and nursing homes that will appreciate the gesture. The flower donations help to breathe new life into their facilities’ appearance.

Composting expired flowers helps to avoid environmental waste. There are 180,342 weddings held in Canada every year creating thousands of pounds of floral trash. Composting creates supercharged soil that can be used in a community garden or by a landscaper while avoiding further polluting our landfills with unnecessary garbage.

Kalynn Crump