Here at Shropshire petals, we are committed to doing things as sustainably as possible.
We are continually developing and improving what we do to improve the sustainability of our products and practices. We recognise that we are not perfect but we are working on being better. Here's a few immediate changes we have made within the office, as a business and across our farm and we have plenty of others in the pipeline, check back with us to hear about our progress.
Not only are our dried flower petals sustainable and require less processing than paper confetti, but they're naturally biodegradable and dye-free. During the growing process our flower field provides a stunning haven for wildlife during the summer time. We've a mixture of wildlife on the flower field, from bees, bird, hares and even deer. We pick our flowers by hand to ensure only the best flowers are used and dry them on our farm to keep the carbon footprint low. Once the petals are dried we keep them stored in our flower shed, then hand pack them ready for worldwide delivery.
In 2019 we wanted to highlight the importance of bees, so we hand planted a giant bee in our flower field, made only from cornflowers, which bees love! Our aptly named 'Freddie-Mercu-Bee' was whopping 17 metres square! Read more about him here.
The World's First delphinium planting and weeding robot
In 2022 we embraced the future of farming with a revolutionary robot that not only plants our beautiful flowers, but also weeds around them too! It was a world first for our delphiniums!
We plant a variety of different flowers on our family-run farm in lovely Shropshire every year. We usually plant our flowers via tractor or hand, and spend many hours weeding by hand, but from 2022 put our faith in our flower robot, Florrie, to plant each flower seed and weed around them. Once our flowers are perfectly bloomed, we pick them by hand, dry them onsite and send them worldwide as biodegradable petal confetti for eco-friendly weddings or dried flowers for gifts and arrangements.
Our flower robot is solar powered, so doesn't require any energy from the grid or from fuel, plus it uses high precision GPS to remember exactly where all our precious seeds are planted. Plus the robot is lightweight which is great for our soil structure too. Read more about it on our blog.
Training and Development
We're serious about our sustainability progress here in the Shropshire Petals shed, and we believe it all starts with the knowledge and passion within our team. We've taken part in the Small Business Britain Sustainability Basic Programme in partnership with Oxford Brookes Business School to help us on our journey.
Our Circular economy
Whilst we have reduced the range of plastic packaging we offer, we know there is more work we need to do. We care about the post-consumer life of all our products which is why we developed a circular economy scheme, where we send a FREE returns label. You can send back your empties ensuring your wedding packaging is either used again by another couple or recycled. Alternatively all our plastic products are PET plastic which can be widely recycled by yourself. You can always reuse your empty confetti pops as cake pops too!
We use GURU for our website hosting, they're the UK's original and best green hosting provider. They host some of the most efficient data centres right here in the UK. They're using 100% renewable energy, free cooling, hot/cold isle containment, a PuE (Power usage effectiveness) rating of 1.2 and environmental management policy externally assessed to ISO 14001 standards. We like to work with like-minded people, and we think they're pretty wonderful!
No wasteful paper
You may notice there is no invoice when your order arrives with you. All the info you need is in your order confirmation that's emailed over to you. We'd rather climb trees than cut them down.
Our Dispatch boxes are from 80% recycled sources and use plant based inks. We even seal our boxes with eco-friendly paper tape.
All the packaging for our 1 litre, 5 litre, 10 litre bags and Individual sachets are carbon neutral and our lovely tissue paper and scent cards that come in your orders are FSC approved too. Even the clear windows in our 1, 5 and 10 litre bags of confetti are compostable. We're regularly making improvements to our packaging.
Did you know we offer confetti samples deliverred to your door. Even our sample packets are compostable! So if you're struggling to choose a favourite confetti colour, you can order up to 5 samples online for £1 and claim your £1 back when you place your confetti order. Request your confetti samples online today.
We've harnessed the power of the sun! No, we are not magic, but did you know, most of the farm is run off solar power? We only buy extra units from the grid in our extra busy periods, to get all the lovely petals picked and processed.
Fairly Paid Workers
Working on a British flower farm might sound pretty idyllic, but it's tough work and takes dedication and a willingness to be outside even when it's raining cats and dogs! Our team work incredibly hard, especially so during the summer time, as it's our peak harvest time and also wedding season. We pay our workers very fairly and treat them with respect, after all we're one big family. Without our skilled flower pickers, we wouldn't have any petals for confetti or dried flowers for bunches or arrangements.
We're proud to be a British farm practising regenerative farming techniques to ensure we all have a bright future. We're a family run farm, so making sure we are making decisions and taking actions today, that mean the next generation can continue our hard work is incredibly important to us.
We've adopted several approaches to work toward a regenerative agriculture system including the use of cover crops, improved natural predators and beneficials by improving biodiversity and creating richer environments through stewardship around the fields, alongside working closely with our agronomist.
We use Royal Mail for the majority of our deliveries and they're the UK's greenest delivery company! Their emissions per parcel are 205g which is the lowest CO2 per parcel reported in the UK delivery industry. Around two thirds of their delivery routes are made purely on foot by twinkle-toed posties. Their postie-powered deliveries are lowering all our emissions and offering you, our valued customers a sustainable option. Well done Royal Mail!
These are just a few of the things we are doing but there is lots more in the pipe line and we are very excited to make lots of wonderful changes to help us on our way to being more sustainable.