Today’s guest post makes me question which is more eco-friendly: faux or real flowers? I think that the materials in question play an important role. Make sure you weigh in with your opinions in the comments!
Faux Flowers vs. Live Flowers
Most people today are aware of the ever-growing hole in the ozone layer, climate change, and the going green trend. As aware and concerned citizens, one can bring this healthy trend right into the home, and do their part to help save the planet by using faux flowers in decorating. Faux flowers are not like they used to be. The artistry of the flowers is so amazing; most people have to inspect the flowers close up before they realize they are not real. The benefits of using faux vs. live flowers are endless.
It can be extremely costly to replace live flowers, which only last a couple of weeks, (if one is lucky). Real flowers are typically more expensive to begin with because they are so delicate, and must be purchased in season. Faux bouquets and arrangements can be collected and stored, and displayed in season. They can also be rearranged and mixed for a fresh, new look. It can be fun to experiment and find the inner decorator within. Another plus with faux, is there are no messes such as spills, or petals dropping. Forget worrying about them dying or wilting, they are perfect for anyone with a busy lifestyle. There is no worry about allergies because there is no pollen. If the household has animals, some plants and flowers are toxic to them when ingested. Lastly, there is the fact the flowers will not be picked from the earth, and one can be proud they are sustaining the planets natural resources.
What Materials to Look For
Many flowers today are made from organic and green materials. All that is required is a little information from the supplier of flowers online, to determine if they contain earth-friendly fabrics. Some of them are:
Bamboo – Bamboo grass is made into a pulp, and in turn produced into a strong fiber. This fiber is in most cases stronger and longer lasting than many textile fabrics.
Cork – Cork can be adapted to a textile, and used in arrangements in place of Styrofoam.
Hemp – Hemp is grown pesticide and fertilizer free. It has been a popular organic material for many years.
Soybean or Soy Material
Caring for Your Faux Flowers
There are several rules to follow for care and storage of faux flowers, to make them last longer. Caring for this type of flowers is much less time-consuming than maintaining live flowers. It is important to store the flowers in an upright position to retain shape, and in a cool dry area. To wash them, most can be soaked or wiped with hot, soapy water. They can also be dusted with a feather duster, or blown dry with a blow dryer on low setting. Some craft stores, and distributors of faux flowers also sell a special cleaner, which can restore even brilliant colors. It is usually quite inexpensive and long-lasting as only a small spritz is needed per flower. In addition, when the flowers are being displayed, they should be kept out of direct sunlight to avoid fading.
When it comes to deciding faux over real flowers, there is only one last thing you need to trick your friends and family into thinking they are real, organic scented spray. Then you can be proud when telling them that you are doing your part in saving the planet. Happy decorating!
Patricia Hall works part-time for a florist and flower delivery but loves to surround herself with flowers at any given point of time. Even in her free time she loves to involve herself with everything flora and fauna.
‘To me there is nothing more beautiful and global as the language of flowers – it is the easiest to understand all around the world in the same way. That is one reason why I truly admire flowers for what they represent in some ways – unity of all mankind!’