Rosemary Hughes is committed to providing a quality service in a manner that ensures safety and minimises potential impact on the environment.
Rosemary Hughes strives to operate and to comply with all relevant environmental legislation, prevention of pollution and all best practices as are advised. Care for the environment is a key responsibility and important on how her business is carried out.
As a business I am committed to using British Grown products. This means using local and nationally grown flowers and foliage, all the growers and supplies have an ethical statement on how they grow materials and run sympathetically with sustainability and environmental awareness of our duty to care of the planet. My main British Grown Wholesaler is Evolve Flowers from Lincolnshire
If the client requests flowers out of season eg: Summer flowers in Autumn and Winter, it is at this point the client is advised that the flowers will be purchased from across the World. If the client is still insistent on the inclusion of flowers out of season, the main suppliers are the Dutch Flower Wholesalers who receive flowers at the auctions from all over the World.
it is vitally important that Fair Trade Flowers are purchased , these are usually Roses and offered through the Dutch Auctions and that their company policy/statements adhere to global production of goods and rights for workers.
In the statement Rosemary Hughes is committed to the following environmental practices/aims
- complying with all relevant environmental legislation, regulations and approved code of practice
- managing and disposal of waste in a responsible manner, keeping wastage to a minimum, maximising the effective use of materials and resources
- monitor and continue to be aware of any changes relating to the protection of the environment.
Practice within the business:
- purchasing of flowers and plant materials - UK British flowers and foliage. and other grown materials are purchased as much as possible via the wholesaler/ growers who are certified with strict standards and codes of practice.
- Recycling - Rain Water is collected externally in Butts for use for conditioning flowers and foliage. When cleaning out floral buckets and vases, hygiene is paramount, unwanted dirty water is recycled to be used for watering shrubs and plants within the garden,. .
- Packaging - Any cardboard or clear packaging material used or received as packaging of flowers, plants and sundries or any item with protective materials that can be recycled is dealt with through the local council authority collection of waste procedure. All packaging is sourced for use and has to be recyclable.
- Disposal of waste eg: all green stems, leaves and any fresh garden materials, residue of cut materials. All are recycled. Green waste is kept separate from cardboard, paper and any other form of packaging used.
- Using Recycled materials: Many of the glass vases and water tubes used are produced from recycled materials.
- Sympathy designs: Funeral and Sympathy designs are suggested to clients which are environmentally friendly, the use of natural materials such as willow, twigs and any other natural support that can be used as a base for a design.
- Energy - due to the nature of flowers and foliage reaction to direct heat, a cold temperature is required at all times to keep the quality of the freshness of the materials. Low energy bulbs are used for any form of lighting.
- Deliveries - a fuel efficient delivery vehicle which is a low emission is used. Any additional vehicles required due to the size of work load are also low emission and hybrid..
- Technology - IT technology has vastly reduced the use of paper; email and texting Virtual online meetings are used where possible to reduce the amount of paper used for communications to customers eg, wedding quotes, sending photographs to clients, invoices and statements. PC, Lap top, Tablet and mobile carry out all of the above requirements. When any IT items require replacing, the old ones are disposed of adhering to the local authority procedure for disposal of IT and electrical equipment, or can be updated and reused by charities.
Any paper used is 100% recyclable - Widdup.co.uk/environment.php
Widdup's are the main paper supplier to the floral industry.
This statement was produced for publishing 7/07/2022
To be reviewed and updated where necessary to keep in line with best practices for the environment. Signed: Rosemary Hughes./ Rosemary Mason
The Sustainability Cut Flower Project
This is a project undertaken by the University of Coventry
Please click on the button which takes you to resources and scroll to the video. This video showcases the Sustainable Cut Flowers Research Project. It promotes the value of sustainable practice in global flower supply chains.
It will enlighten you on all that is being undertaken in the global floral industry and in particular involving
the British Florist Association of which I am an Honorary Member.