If you have been lucky enough to attend one of our dried flower courses you will know that we only work with naturally dried flowers. A lot of those we dry ourselves in the studio.
So, why not preserved? The main reason is chemicals. Naturally drying flowers takes time – it requires the flowers to be hung upside down for at least a week or two until they can be worked with. Preserving flowers speeds up that process and also allows the end look of the flowers to be controlled.
In short, the process of preserving includes bleaching the flower to remove all the colour. Then there’s preserving solution, humectants, solvents, fungicides, sometimes fragrance and then often dye.
The impact of regular exposure to such chemicals is not quite known as yet, let alone the impacts of preserved flowers ending up in green waste.