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Sustainability FAQ

WHAT IS FLORAL FOAM AND WHY DON’T WE USE IT?
Floral foam (sometimes known by the brand name Oasis) is a foam brick that florists can use to push the stems of flowers into, holding them in place and providing them with a source of water. Whilst wonderfully convenient, it is unfortunately a microplastic. Currently there is no truly ecological way to dispose of even ‘biodegradable’ floral foam, with most of it ending up in landfill or washed down the drain. As such Kukkanoita promises never to use floral foam in our designs.

WHAT DO WE USE INSTEAD?
Good question! You may be interested to know that floral foam was only invented in the 50s, so those great florists of old must have had some other tricks up their sleeve right? At Kukkanoita we use a variety of methods including chicken wire structures, moss, and reusable plastic tubes and trumpets to create floral arrangements that do not compromise on design.

ANY OTHER SUSTAINABLE CREDENTIALS?
Yes! At the end of the day flowers are a luxury, so we try to keep our carbon footprint low and our hearts clear of any ethical murk. As such we use a mixture of locally grown British flowers and imported blooms from Holland. Kukkanoita will always try and source flowers from as close to home as possible, and from reputable growers who treat their workers fairly. We avoid purchasing from countries where labour laws may not sufficiently protect workers, however we will always support fair trade growers in developing areas if we can. Lastly, there can be a lot of debris at the end of a floral display’s life, but we reckon we can get it down to about 95% single use plastic free for most arrangements. We can also provide 100% biodegradeable coffin arrangements for green burial sites.