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After doing research on the chemical make up of the standard green floral foam -commonly referred to as Oasis, the Abundant Backyard has stopped using it and is committed to using only non toxic bases for securing flowers and greens in our floral designs.   The link from a fellow sustainably committted floral designer, Gorgeous and Green,  lists the manufacturers specifications and indicates the product contains formaldehyde and/or carbon black.   It is a challenge to switch as the floral foam is considerably easier to work with.  To that end, I have experimented creating customized floral wire bases and will use traditional floral”frogs” starting in 2013.   So far the results have been good.  (Note, these arrangements will require keeping an adequate water level to cover stems.)  This year I will explore other eco friendly absorbent, moisture retaining options to help arrangements last longer.


3 Responses to “2013 Resolution-no chemical based floral foam in AB Floral Designs!”

  1. Christie

    Well done for taking this huge step!
    I’m a floral foam free florist in Melbourne Australia and I can assure you that where there’s a will there’s a way, and the less foam around the better we and the environment will be for it,

    Keep up the good work,


  2. admin

    Thank you Christie! Australia is taking great strides in sustainability! Love your compendium of meaning of flowers too! Check out Christie’s site

  3. Christie

    Hi again Mary,

    Just following up with an article I recently published about my concerns with the safety of floral foam

    Please feel free to send me an email or write a comment with your feedback.

    Pansies (for thoughts),

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