Greening Your Wedding – Part Two


eco | stems, Toronto

eco | stems, Toronto

Today is Earth Day so let’s continue our look at how you can have a gorgeous and memorable wedding while reducing your impact on our precious and fragile planet.

In Friday’s post we discussed venue options, catering and invitations. Throughout the coming days we’ll examine how wedding attire, guest favours and transportation can lighten your environmental footprint.

Today is all about the one element that I believe is essential to every wedding:  beautiful flowers.

Writer Amy Stewart exposed the ugly realities of the floral industry in her 2007 book Flower Confidential.  Happily you don’t have to use chemical drenched blooms that were grown, harvested and packed by underpaid employees slogging away in miserable working conditions, and then flown here from thousands of miles away. Toronto couples have many environmentally sustainable options much closer to home. Here are just three:

Parkdale’s Sarah Nixon took the CSA (Community Shared Agriculture) concept and applied it to her floral business, My Luscious Backyard.

The elements Sarah uses in her designs are beautiful, organic flowers and greens grown not only in her own lovely garden, but in the gardens of her neighbours.  These floral and plant elements are often hand-picked just hours before Sarah assembles them into arrangements and bouquets. You can’t get more local than that! In the colder months Sarah works with local greenhouse growers and, if necessary, sustainably grown imports. Sarah’s commitment to the environment is also reflected in her use of minimal or recycled packaging and efficiently scheduling deliveries to reduce car use. Here’s an image of a beautiful bridal bouquet, created by Sarah:

Photo from My Luscious Backyard

Photo from My Luscious Backyard

 

Joe Delarge is the owner and chief designer of eco | stems, Toronto’s “…only environmentally and socially sustainable flower shop.” Joe is uncompromising in his commitment to the environment. Beyond using local, certified fair trade or organic products, Joe has published his extensive environmental policies on his website. Touching all aspects of his business, from flowers to transportation to packaging, Joe is truly committed to the Triple Bottom Line.

 

Photo by eco | stems

Photo by eco | stems

 

In the west-end neighbourhood of Roncevalles you’ll find Sweetpea’s. Opened in 2009, owner Sara Jameson and her creative team bring an eco-sensibility to their floral designs. They pride themselves on creating elegant designs that allow the flowers and greens natural beauty to shine. Buying from local growers reduces the carbon footprint associated with imports and supports thousands of Ontario workers. Within the shop Sara is always looking for ways to reduce Sweetpea’s carbon footprint, often in consultation with her customers. Running the shop on Bullfrog power and vermicomposting are just two of the ways Sweetpea’s lightens their footprint.

 

Image from Sweetpea's

Photo from Sweetpea’s

 

Sarah Nixon, Sara Jameson and Joe Delarge:  three talented florists here in Toronto who are as committed to providing couples with stunning floral creations as they are to the environment.

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