Silk botanicals. A most surprising green choice.
It’s an understandable misconception. One assumes that since fresh cut flowers and foliages are natural, they are a “greener” choice than silk flowers and plants. This conclusion was correct in the days when flowers were locally grown in fields and only used indoors during the growing season. Today, however, it is a dramatically different landscape. More than 75% of fresh cut flowers used in the U.S. are imported, most coming from South America.
Seasonality and bloom rotation requiring constant supply chain transportation, and this challenge is additionally compounded by the energy requirements for refrigeration to keep fresh cut flowers and greenery “fresh,” and for heat to keep plants warm in greenhouses during the winter.
Additionally, if fresh botanicals are not properly degraded by composting, they have greater undesirable effects in landfills than silk flowers and plants, due to their production of harmful methane and their use of landfill space. The facts prove silk botanicals provide the responsible strategy for indoor use over fresh botanicals. They produce a drastically smaller carbon footprint, have the longest service life, are biostable and use less space in landfills.