A BUNCH of flowers can appear beguilingly simple, but it is a miracle of distribution. Its delicate blooms may have grown on farms scattered around the world, yet they arrived at your local florist within days of harvest. Along the way, crowded with millions of others, your stems may have been part of the endless parade within the Dutch flower auctions.
As a business that depends on the growing and distribution of products which come from all parts of the world, it is vitally important that Fair Trade Flowers are purchased and that their company policy/statements adhere to global production of goods and rights for workers.
Rosemary Hughes is committed to providing a quality service in a manner that ensures safety and minimises potential impact on the environment. Rosemary Hughes strives to operate and to comply with all relevant environmental legislation, prevention of pollution and all best practices as are advised. Care for the environment is a key responsibility and important on how business is carried out.
In the statement Rosemary Hughes is committed to the following environmental practices:
- complying with all relevant environmental legislation, regulations and approved code of practice
- managing and disposal of waste in a responsible manner, keeping wastage to a minimum, maximising the effective use of materials and resources
- monitor and continue to be aware of any changes relating to the protection of the environment.
Practice within the business:
- purchasing of flowers and plant materials - purchased locally, these can be from British Growers or from the wholesaler who deals with the Dutch auctions or directly from Columbia, Kenya and many other countries which produce flowers. Materials are purchased as much as possible via the wholesaler from growers who are certified with strict standards and codes of practice.
- Recycling - Water When cleaning out floral buckets and vases, unwanted dirty water is recycled to be used for watering shrubs and plants within the garden
- Disposal of waste eg: all green stems, leaves and any fresh garden materials, residue of cut materials. All are recycled. Green waste is kept separate from cardboard, plastics and any other
- Using Recycled materials: Many of the glass vases and water tubes used are produced from recycled materials.
- Sympathy designs: Funeral and Sympathy designs are suggested to clients which are environmentally friendly, any foam frames used can either be recycled or are bio-degradable
- Energy - low energy bulbs for lighting are used, saving of energy such as heating is preferred, due to the nature of the flower and foliages reaction to direct heating and temperature change
- Deliveries - We use a fuel efficient delivery vehicle which requires diesel The vehicle is a low emission
- Technology - IT technology has vastly reduced the use of paper; email and texting is used where possible to reduce the amount of paper used for communications to customers eg, wedding quotes, sending photographs to clients, invoices and statements. PC, Lap top, Tablet and Blackberry mobile carry out all of the above requirements. When any IT items require replacing, the old ones are disposed of adhering to the local authority procedure for disposal of IT and electrical equipment.