Business Information
Name of Organization: 
Larkspur Botanicals
Organization Type: 
Business Description: 
Our fresh, innovative approach to floral design incorporates locally sourced, seasonal blooms into arrangements that are beautiful, long-lasting, and sure to delight. All of our creations, whether for a corporate event, wedding, or special event, are custom-made and unique; we will work with you to ensure the aesthetic you desire. Because we think the floral industry should be greener, from petal to vessel we pledge to use plants and items that are American Made. We compost all plant material for use in our Adopted Garden in Edgewater, NJ and eschew the use of floral foam.
Contact Person: 
Lindsey Neff
Title: 
Lindsey Neff - Owner
Business Location: 
Larkspur Botanicals
1 Niagara Street
07628 Dumont , NJ
United States
40° 56' 22.416" N, 73° 59' 47.6844" W
Phone: 
201-374-2044
Email: 
design@larkspurbotanicals.com
Number of Employees: 
1-5
Website: 
larkspurbotanicals.com
Date: 
Friday, September 4, 2015
Emloyee Commute
Description of Action: 
Larkspur Botanicals provides floral design through out the tri-state area. Because a lot of our clients are based in NYC, for meetings we utilize public transportation in the form of a bus that is one block away from our studio.
Miles Saved: 
3,000
Gallons of Fuel Saved: 
6,000
Money Saved: 
300
Energy Efficiency
Description of Action: 
We removed the blinds to utilize our rather large windows that provide excellent natural light and rarely turn on our lights.
kWh Saved: 
1,000
Money Saved: 
300
Therms Saved: 
300
Energy Other
Description of Action: 
Because Larkspur Botanicals designs flowers only for events, we only order what we use. Therefore we do not use, need or have a floral refrigerator. Instead we condition the flowers through the water they drink by altering water temperature and nutrients.
kWh Saved: 
20,000
Money Saved: 
3,000
Fleet Vehicles
Description of Action: 
Larkspur Botanicals is enrolled in a car share program. Rather than using large trucks for every event, we rent only the size of vehicles we need per event.
Miles Saved: 
3,000
Gallons of Fuel Saved: 
300
Money Saved: 
2,000
Hazardous Waste/Toxic Use Reduction
Description of Action: 
Larkspur Botanicals does not use floral foam. Floral foam, although it is an industry standard, contains petrochemicals and formaldehyde. It is not reusable and does not break down when disposed of, it can also be pricey.
Lbs Saved: 
500
Money Saved: 
1,000
Stormwater Management and Site Design
Description of Action: 
The Larkspur Botanicals adopted garden, where our plant remnants are composted, is also a drought garden. It has no water source other than the weather.
Gallons of Water Saved: 
5,000
Money Saved: 
200
Waste Recycling
Description of Action: 
We recycle cans, bottles and cardboard through our town's recycling program.
Lbs Saved: 
1,000
Money Saved: 
200
Waste Reduction
Description of Action: 
We compost all plant remnants from our floral designs. That compost is then used in our adopted garden in Edgewater, NJ. Because we are creating our own soil we save hundreds of dollars on the soil we would have purchased in the store. We do not use floral foam in our arrangements and only used paper based tape. All applicable items are recycled.
Lbs Saved: 
300
Money Saved: 
200
Waste Reuse
Description of Action: 
We save all boxes for use in packaging our flowers for delivery. Remnants of ribbon and floral wire are saved and put off to the side for random uses around the shop, rather than thrown away.
Lbs Saved: 
200
Money Saved: 
100
Adopt Environmental Policy Statement
Description of Action: 

Larkspur Botanicals is an eco-friendly floral design studio that makes eco-conscious decisions from petal to vessel.  We care about how we leave our world for future generations, and our impact on the people and ecosystems that are rooted in the beauty we create to celebrate.
 
With limitless creativity, Larkspur Botanicals takes pride in our ability to transform table settings or event scenery according to our clients’ visions, while sourcing items that meet established standards of sustainability.   The mainstream floral industry contributes to many environmental problems like pesticide pollution, dependence on plastics and excessive CO2 emissions.  We at Larkspur Botanicals look to change that trend.
 
According to Climate Care, an organization with a focus on projects that cut carbon emissions and fund social development, the average wedding emits around 14.5 tons of CO2, which is more than the 12 tons emitted by the average person during a whole year.
 
Larkspur Botanicals aims to minimize these negative effects by utilizing sustainable practices. With resourcefulness and a lot of research, we have been able to develop floral design techniques that allow us to design beautiful events in an eco-conscious way.
 
Larkspur Botanicals sources plants and containers here in America, reducing the carbon footprint of shipping vases and plants from overseas, while supporting the domestic economy. Many flowers are grown in factory farm conditions in places like South America, where there are huge problems with labor exploitation and environmental conditions.
 
Another trend that has been a large part of Larkspur Botanicals’ success is our living centerpieces.  One popular design is a round or square wreath-like form with moss and soil that acts as a base for living plants such as ivy, succulents or herbs with candles in the center. After the event is over, guests can take home the arrangement and either keep it on their tables or hang it on a wall or door.  Depending on the plants used and the care given, these wreaths can be enjoyed for many years.
 
We at Larkspur Botanicals pledge to:

  • Continue to never use floral foam and only use paper based tapes in our arrangements
  • Compost all plant remnants for use in our adopted garden
  • Recycle and reuse everything we can
  • Package sustainably by eschewing the use of plastic wrap and plastic containers to package our arrangements
  • Use recycled cardboard to package our arrangements 
  • Use American-grown plants
  • Use organic whenever possible
  • Work with clients to use vessels they have
  • Support local farmers, artists and artisans
Develop Environmentally Preferable Purchasing Plan
Description of Action: 
To reduce the carbon footprint caused by shipping flowers and vessels from over seas, Larkspur Botanicals only purchases within the US.
Provide Environmentally Preferable Products Services
Description of Action: 
At Larkspur Botanicals we aim to purchase glassware that is second hand rather than new.
Adopt a Cause or Project in your Community
Description of Action: 
In November 2014, Larkspur Botanicals adopted a stretch of land in Edgewater, NJ that measured a little over 1000 square feet. The land was upturned from a recent retaining wall that was put in. The soil was poor and only weeds grew in it. Larkspur Botanicals planted pollinator friendly flowers that are drought resistant (such as sunflowers, zinnias, succulents and sedum to name a few) and used plant remnant compost to rehabilitate the soil. The garden itself is self sustaining and self seeding and has no water source other than the storm run off from the retaining wall and rain. Every season more plants are added. Visit it online: http://www.larkspurbotanicals.com/#!larkspur-botanicals-eco-friendly-florist/c1zum Or in person - Route 5 Edgewater, NJ 07628
Industry Specific Practices
Description of Action: 
Continue to never use floral foam and only use paper based tapes in our arrangements Package sustainably by eschewing the use of plastic wrap and plastic containers to package our arrangements Use recycled cardboard to package our arrangements Use American-grown plants Use organic whenever possible Work with clients to use vessels they have Support local farmers, artists and artisans
Miles Saved: 
100,000
Money Saved: 
20,000