Sustainable Practices in Floral Design

As the #nofoam movement becomes more prevalent, lots of floral designers have answered the call for sustainable practices. They have come up with and tested a variety of creative mechanics for their design work.

The key to a good mechanics is structure and water source, meaning being able to keep the stems in place while providing sufficient hydration for the duration of the event, especially when the event is outdoor, and in heat. 

One of the 2020 trends in wedding flowers is sculptural designs. It requires less florals and foliage but calls for a very stable structure. Two of the most known are florist netting and pin frogs. The use of these mechanics is nothing new, but they indeed provide a fantastic alternative to flower foam. 


sculptural design using pin frog

sculptural design using chickenwire

Flower foams are versatile and can be molded into different shapes. They provide a stable foundation for stem placement, even upside down. However, they are plastic-based, barely reusable therefore not environmental friendly. 

Florist netting is cost effective, completely reusable, and environmental friendly. When molded correctly, they can offer very stable foundation. However, you may need to use more ingredient at the base to further support taller stems. It is one of the most widely adopted mechanics for vase arrangements and installations. 

Pin frog

When creating Ikebana style designs, pin frogs are essential and offer very strong stem support. They are aesthetically appealing, so you don't need to "hide the mechanics". It can also be used alone to create stunning tabletop designs or ground installations.

Another trend in 2020 is the use of smaller tabletop designs or bud vases. When grouped properly, small pin frogs can replace bud vases and showcase a natural minimalist look. 

There is no shortage of sustainable practices in floral design. Even if you don't have these products, look around, you may be amazed by what "ordinary things" has to offer. 

I'm always interested in learning new ways to be sustainable. If you'd like, share your thoughts and "aha" with me. @yourstrulyflowers