PAY IT FORWARD - GO GREEN
THE CHOCOLATE TULIP
FLORAL DESIGN STUDIO - TORONTO'S BEST FLORIST
PAY IT FORWARD - GO GREEN
How can one ordinary person -- you or me -- make a positive impact in this world? One way is the practice of "paying it forward." While the concept may seem simple, the outcome could change the world. Practicing the "pay it forward" principle will make you alert to unexpected kindness from strangers towards you. You may find yourself becoming more grateful for everyday kindness and consideration from people you don't even know and that unexpected feeling of goodness will lighten your step and put a smile on your face!
At the CHOCOLATE TULIP part of our philosophy is to practice the Pay it Forward movement.
One of the things we hear is that people have vases, baskets or ceramics from flowers they have received piling up in their basements, in closets and they feel guilty just throwing them out. Due to the nature of the containers many of them cannot be placed in the recycling bins, so what do we do with these items that are in good order?
We have initiated a program at the Chocolate Tulip in Toronto that will help people de-clutter their homes, reduce waste and benefit someone in need. We ask that they bring in their unwanted vases and containers that are in good order and donate them to our Pay it Forward collection.
What do we do with these vases? When a charity places an order, if we have a suitable vase from the donated collection, we will combine it with our donated labour, charging only for the flowers thus helping those in need. If the vases or containers we receive are too ornate to be used in arrangements, we will donate them to local charity stores for resale.
The flower industry has a huge impact on both the environment and humanity. One would think the act and love of growing flowers would be conducted by those with a great love of the planet and the people on it. Unfortunately, like most industries there are both type of growers, ones that have little consideration for the labor force or for the environment but rather whose sole focus is to produce high volume at the lowest cost to their bottom line, versus ethical growers whose love of the environment and their fellow coworkers resonates with the practices they adopt and the quality of product they produce.
We have made a mindful choice to stay clear of unethical growers and to choose to work with for our collection only premier locally and organically grown flowers and plant materail as well as only the Leading Veriflora growers for our imports with conscious goal to do all that we can to be an active participant in protecting the environment, being socially responsible and improving conditions for the labour force in this industry as well as providing the best possible product available for us to work with. To reduce our footprint without limiting diverse selections we allocate a proportionate share of our purchases to locally and organically grown product in support of the Pick Ontario program. A program designed to practice the philosophy of supporting local growers and local economy within the 100-mile diet movement that was founded in BC. When weather permits we also grow a selection of seasonal botanical greens and flowers in Stouffville Ontario.
As an engaged member of this industry in the goal to make a sustainable world while being both socially and ethically responsible we ensure all our floral and plant products purchased for our studio that are not locally grown are Veriflora, Fair Trade, Certified Bloom Check, Sierra Eco, or Rainforest Alliance certified. These are the eco-labeling systems from the agricultural industry regarding sustainability and ethical certification. In supporting these growers we are supporting farmers who are taking care of the environment and the labour force within the industry.
For example elements of the Veriflora program include the following:
sustainable crop productions
resource conservation and energy efficiency
fair labour practices
Our award winning design philosophy is to use local, organic certified or certified fair trade throughout our design process. These facilities are independently inspected by third party inspectors on a regular basis to ensure they conform to both the social and environmental standards. Together we strive to continually improve our environment and our social standard.
Our in store policy is to produce as little waste as possible for landfill, with the least amount of impact on the environment. With that in mind all of the Chocolate Tulip's organic waste is composted, and our recyclables are separated for the blue bin. Our shipping boxes used at events etc. are meticulously collected and reused and we encourage our clients to bring back any boxes or water tubes they have for recycling. In addition we use biodegradable cellophane, floral foam, bags in addition to paper bags produced from recycled material. On average we produce less than one bag of garbage a year that will go in landfill.
Our cooler produces through humidity produces H2O from which we are able to water our plants. In the warm months the water from the vases in the cooler is used for the exterior planters.
Deliveries are conducted through our floral courier service. A service that is shared in the community to group deliveries together in an area for a more eco friendly delivery method. We are a full service ecofriendly floral design studio.
As an eco-focused and socially responsible studio, we offer unique artistic floral designs, living botanical arrangements and a wonderful selection of premier chocolates for delivery or pickup.
info.at.thechocolatetulip.com 1251 YONGE ST. TORONTO ONTARIO M4T 1W6 TEL 416 921-5559
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