Local & Sustainable
The majority of flowers sold in this country are imported, usually from South America, creating a trail of waste, packaging, and chemicals. In addition to sourcing local, organically grown flowers whenever possible, Pine State Flowers strives towards sustainability in multiple ways:
—We have minimal waste. Traditional flower shops offer specific arrangements (ie a dozen roses), and the unsold flowers get tossed.
At Pine State Flowers, our arrangements change daily based on seasonal availability, which means we rarely have a flower go unused. In addition, most of our flowers come straight from the growers, which eliminates the need for packaging.
—We don't use flower foam.
Despite being highly toxic and non-biodegradable, flower foam is considered a staple of the floral industry. We use more environmentally friendly alternatives, such as chicken wire, tape, and flower frogs.
In addition, all of our locally grown flowers are grown using sustainable farming methods, and sold without chemical preservatives.
—We compost everything.
We share our land with a small flower farm and community garden (on the site of the original greenhouses behind the shop), where we build compost with the little waste we have. We also recycle, reuse, or donate as much as possible.