Greenery Made from Recycled Rubber and Plastic
Rubber and plastic are made to last for a very long time, but this has had the adverse effect of having around 8 tonnes of plastic being dumped into our seas and oceans, which is having a catastrophic effect on wildlife.
It is up to us to recycle and re-use manmade materials and avoid single-use plastic. BloomsArt’s artificial greenery and flowers are made from recycled polyester, known as rPET, which can also be recycled again if required. We have an environmentally aware and responsible approach to how our faux plants are manufactured which is why we ensure that all the materials used in our fake flowers and greenery are made from recycled components.
Protecting our Environment
BloomsArt along with many other UK businesses have made the decision to move away from selling products that are made from brand new plastic materials. We want to make a difference to our ocean life and also our landfill sites by using recycled polyester to make our faux greenery and flowers that can, in turn, be recycled. This allows for plastic-based products to be given a new life, saving on waste. BloomsArt also uses recycled rubber in some of its artisanal faux flowers. We believe that it is important to use recycled rubber as this reduces the demand for more new rubber, which then protects rubber tree plantations from taking over delicate tropical ecosystems. Also by using recycled rubber, this protects people from the harmful health aspects of rubber being dumped in landfill sites. It is common to see tyre fires in landfill sites, but the smoke that they produce is not conducive to good health. Rubber also takes a long time to biodegrade, which means that landfills are full of discarded rubber. Recycling rubber uses significantly less energy than producing brand new rubber.
Plastics and rubber are tough versatile materials that when used correctly can make life easier. If people are more circumspect about how they use plastic, it does not have to be to the detriment of the planet. BloomsArt’s artificial greenery and flowers provide beauty and well being, and can be reused and recycled. Fresh flowers have a carbon footprint too, as 90% of the flowers sold in the UK are flown from other lands, including the Netherlands, South America, and Africa. They will also be treated with ethylene chemicals to stop them from blooming as soon as they would in nature. This combined with the light and temperature control that is needed to fly fresh flowers and greenery has a significant impact on the environment.
A 2007 study by Cranfield University looked at the impact on the environment by flowers that were imported from Kenya as well as that of flowers from the Netherlands. The flowers from Kenya benefitted from natural light and heat but had to be flown for long distances, whereas the Dutch blooms needed a lot of energy to heat their greenhouses. The result was that the Dutch flowers, had a greater negative impact on the environment as 12,000 fresh flowers created 77,150 Ibs of CO2 compared to 13, 200 in Kenya. This is equivalent to 6Ibs of CO2 per stem for the Dutch flowers, which is ridiculous for something that will only last a week or so.
Artificial flowers and greenery are usually produced in Chinese factories and then are shipped by sea rather than by aircraft. It has been estimated that shipping 1 Ib of fake flowers generates 0.28 of CO2, which is a lot less than that produced by fresh flowers. In addition many of the people who work on flower farms in Africa and South America are not paid well. In Colombia, which sells almost $1.5 billion worth of flowers to the US, the mainly female workers are paid less than £200 per month and have few rights.
Fresh Flowers are Not so Good for Our Environment After All
Unless flowers are grown in the UK, and currently only 10% of all fresh flowers sold are produced domestically, fresh flowers are not very good for the environment. BloomsArt takes care to source factories in China that use recycled materials, and are monitored for good working conditions, as well as their willingness to comply with the clean air act.
Can BloomsArt Faux Plants be Recycled?
Our artificial greenery can be reused and recycled as it is made from recycled rPET. In addition, our plants last for a very long time, so there is no need to throw them out after a week, as you would do with real flowers. BloomsArt is committed to the concept of reduce, repair, reuse, recycle, as it is a way that everyone, both individuals and businesses can do their bit to try and reduce waste.Our Recycling Tips
Think before you buy, and make sustainable choices. Recycle and reuse where possible. Use apps such as RecycleSmart as it will inform you of your local council’s collection policies. If you are going to buy flowers, buy artificial flowers that are made from recycled materials. If you want to know more about BloomsArt’s recycled faux flowers, just get in touch.