Florists Laura Brown and Ella Kivett of Twigs and Twine have launched an eco-friendly range of products to protect wildlife and the environment. The business partners who run the contemporary florists and botanical gift shop in the George Shopping Centre, have joined a national eco-florist group and recently attended an inspirational session by world renown floral artist Gregor Learsche that inspired them to create their own Eco range for gifts, weddings and sympathy tributes that offers an alternative to cellophane packaging, plastic ribbons and foams such as oasis.
Laura Brown said: “We have been working for 15 years with these commonly used products without considering the negative impact of these products on our environment. Floral foam is less bio-degradable than nappies and contains carcinogenic chemicals and cellophane like all plastics is having a devastating effect on our wildlife and on our health, with talks of more incineration sites being built due to landfill sites reaching their full capacity.”
Laura and Ella want to raise awareness of these environmental issues and offer customers an ocean friendly alternative. They have removed the floral foam by using moss and recyclable chicken wire, to enable their floral arrangements to last well in a stable base and water source. Cellophane aqua-packs in bouquets are being replaced by either a glass kilner jar or vase, which customers can reuse or recycle. For gift wrapping that is recyclable and also looks attractive, they are using quality kraft paper and raffia.
Wedding and sympathy ranges include the use of willow frames by local willow artist Jo Sadler, which can include arches, hoops, wreaths or hearts covered with flowers and foliage. The sympathy range at Twigs and Twine also includes planted arrangements using a mixture of annuals and perennials that can be planted into the shape of a customers choice, as a lovely way to commemorate a loved one, and can be placed in a garden or on a grave. The new eco-range of sympathy tributes was recently viewed by funeral director Colin Roberts of Stoodley & Son. Colin said: “This is perfect for those wanting an environmentally friendly funeral for their loved one.”