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 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. In 2019 we wanted to highlight the importance of bees and took on the exciting challenge of creating a picture of a bee with flowers on our flower field. We created it 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're embracing the future of farming with a revolutionary robot that not only plants our beautiful flowers, but also weeds around them too! It's 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 we're trusting our flower robot, Florrie, to plant each 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.
Our Circular economy
'Share the love & love your planet!' We now offer a circular economy scheme on our plastic products. We care about the post-consumer life of all our products which is why 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.
No wasteful paper
You may notice there is no invoice in with your orders now. All the info you need is in your order confirmation! 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 our sample packets are compostable! So if you're struggling to choose a favourite colour, you can order up to 5 samples 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.
Just before the end of 2018, we became a disposable pen-free office. We embraced beautiful pencils and lovely refillable fountain pens. Did you know, that Biro you used a few times then lost down the side of the sofa could take 500 years to disappear?
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.