Waitrose has launched two wrap-free bouquets for Mother’s Day

To celebrate Mother’s Day this year, Waitrose has launched two wrap-free bouquets as part of its ongoing efforts to reduce waste and eliminate single-use plastic.

Instead of the cellophane you’d usually find holding your bunch, these pretty rose and lily bouquets are instead carefully wrapped in a layer of Fatsia palm leaves. The rubber band has also been replaced with reusable natural twine and even the flower food’s packaging has been swapped for a paper-based recyclable alternative.

Waitrose’s head florist, Chris Wood, says: “We’ve removed the single-use plastic on these two new bouquets and instead, used Fatsia leaves and other foliages such as palm leaves to protect the flowers, rather than cellophane wrap.

“We’ve seen a growing trend for florals in varying shades of pinks and purples which both of these bouquets feature, and either would make a beautiful gift and lovely surprise for a special someone.”

The supermarket has already made some commitments to ensuring the sustainability of its blooms – all packaging, both in shops and online, is recyclable and it aims to make all its own-brand packaging either widely-recycled, reusable or home compostable by 2023.

Waitrose has also ranked first two years in a row in Greenpeace’s plastic footprint league of UK supermarkets.

You can preorder both of these bunches on the Waitrose Florist site now, so you can tick getting your blooms sorted off your list in good time for Mother’s Day.

Chris Wood’s flower care tips:

  1. Clean your vase thoroughly and then fill it two-thirds with fresh, lukewarm water and add your flower food. Top up the water the day after receiving your flowers, rather than changing it completely – this way, they benefit from the food for longer
  2. Remove any foliage that will sit below the waterline to avoid build-up of debris. If your flowers include roses, you may notice some discolored outer petals. These are guard petals, which protect the inner petals. Gently remove 2-3 guard petals to reveal these
  3. Trim about 2-3cm from the bottom of the stems at a 45-degree angle. Try to vary the stem length to give your arrangement a height range
  4. Change the water regularly after the second day. Just like us, flowers love clean water!
  5. Keep your flowers out of direct sunlight to prolong their life
  6. Remove any wild flowers. Besides not looking as attractive, they can spread mold onto the others

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