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Meet Vancouver’s New Sustainable Florist (Win!)

November 28, 2020

Your next bouquet doesn’t have to cost an environmental price. Bloomiér is a new Vancouver florist that’s bringing sustainability to floristry, creating beautiful arrangements without the use of non-recyclable materials, blooms shipped around the world or piles of organic waste (all common in the mainstream flower industry). We chatted with founder Kamila Alikhani about her blooming business, and are giving you a chance to win! —Vita Daily

Photo by Liz Rosa

Hi Kamila! When and why did you launch Bloomiér? What makes it, as a florist, unique?

My dream of working with the flowers was born nearly three years ago when I took a leap of faith and took a part-time job at a beautiful local flower shop. I was always passionate about flowers, so I had the most wonderful time working there. But it broke my heart to be part of a system that didn’t consider waste management as a priority. Very soon after leaving the shop, I decided to create my own flower studio, a space where I can have a mindful sustainable approach to floristry. Something that I could offer to people looking to add the beauty of flowers and maybe a bit of the poetry to their home, but without adding the landfills.

Can you tell us more about your discoveries when it comes to the floral industry’s large environmental footprint, and about Bloomiér’s steps to help resolve that issue?

Our goal is to avoid and eliminate the large level of waste that is typically created by flowers being flown from across the world, by plastic wrapping paper, by single-use items. So, to meet this goal, we are mindful about how we design our bouquets and manage our processes:

  • We choose not to work with single use materials, like floral foam (you might know it as green, chalky block of toxic chemicals) and plastic floral water tubes.
  • We do not use plastic in our packaging.
  • We recycle all organic matter, as well as any packaging that comes to us directly from the growers.
  • We strive to source flowers locally, whenever possible.
  • We are passionate about spreading kindness and cheer with repurposed flowers. For instance, we gather gently used flowers from large events, slip them into beautiful bedside bouquets and donate them to hospitals, hospices and long-term care facilities.
Photo by Etsuko Lee Photography

What are your top tips for decorating with flowers for the holiday season?

Few things make the heart sing more than a festive table dressed with fresh flowers and foliage. It’s easy to make your own arrangement with water-tight container. Half-fill with water and arrange stems of flowering eucalyptus or foliage from your garden. Add springs of berries and finally blooms such as roses, amaryllis and hellebores.

If you had to choose just one, what’s your favourite floral or botanical species for all the holiday feels?!

It must be juniper. Not only it smells divine and looks festive, but it also can be medicinal. This evergreen conifer can have a range of cones (what look like berries). The juniper cones are known to the indigenous community as antibacterial, antiviral and anti-inflammatory healers.

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Win! A 3-Month Subscription To Bloomiér!

Congratulations Mary Y. of Vancouver, B.C., who will receive a 3-Month Subscription To Bloomiér!

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  1. Gabriela (@bubbletrouble)

    November 29th, 2020 at 9:11 am

    I love fluffy flowers like peonies, ranunculus and garden rose. (@bubbletrouble)

  2. Cheryl Germain

    November 29th, 2020 at 9:28 am

    Pink peonies are my favourite flowers @cfgermain

  3. Kristina Ikavalko

    November 29th, 2020 at 9:35 am

    Peonies! @krika66

  4. Rose

    November 29th, 2020 at 9:53 am

    Roses, like my name 🌹@ roseaz

  5. Jammie

    November 29th, 2020 at 10:24 am

    Oh I cannot just pick one fave I love Orchids, Peonies, rose, and cherry blossoms 🌹🌺🌸 @jammie604

  6. Amber olak

    November 29th, 2020 at 11:45 am

    Roses!

    Amber_olak

  7. Marilyn Massoud

    November 29th, 2020 at 12:27 pm

    I love irises and roses the best
    @mmsittie

  8. Ray G

    November 29th, 2020 at 1:45 pm

    Dahlias! @prettyrainbow5

  9. Leslie Simmons

    November 29th, 2020 at 2:07 pm

    I love all flowers but especially roses and peonies. @_lesliesimmons

  10. Julie Barrett

    November 29th, 2020 at 2:15 pm

    My favourite flowers are purple and blue hydrangeas. Entered on IG as @reviewzbyjewelz

  11. Tammy harrison

    November 29th, 2020 at 2:52 pm

    I love lilies. What a great giveaway @tdharrison1

  12. Jane

    November 29th, 2020 at 3:03 pm

    My fave flowers are garden roses 🌹
    My Instagram is @janercarson

  13. Stephanie LaPlante

    November 29th, 2020 at 4:28 pm

    My favorite flower is the Passion Flower.

    @stephy905

  14. Iris N

    November 29th, 2020 at 7:35 pm

    My fav flower is the iris

    @muckymoo2

  15. Christine Rambukkana

    November 30th, 2020 at 2:31 am

    Tulips are my favourite flowers!
    Instagram handle @ChristineRambukkana

  16. Tabby72

    November 30th, 2020 at 6:20 am

    I love roses! @tabby_1972

  17. Mary

    November 30th, 2020 at 6:53 am

    I love tulips. @marylovestoronto

  18. Nick

    November 30th, 2020 at 9:38 am

    Tulips
    @amira_and_amir

  19. Bonnie

    November 30th, 2020 at 10:26 am

    I love roses

    Insta. bonita10_5

  20. David Mc

    November 30th, 2020 at 10:39 am

    Just love tulips. IG is @davedranged

  21. @nicolthe_pickle (Nicole Graham)

    November 30th, 2020 at 11:29 am

    Pansies are my favourite. I love their deep purple colour.

  22. LesleyMc

    December 1st, 2020 at 1:27 pm

    I love pink roses and purple Calla Lilies. IS @lesdranged

  23. Janet M

    December 1st, 2020 at 2:19 pm

    In the summer I love petunias. @asherares

  24. Natalie B

    December 2nd, 2020 at 1:46 pm

    Lilacs & Freesia!!

    @furygrrl

  25. Cindy

    December 6th, 2020 at 12:49 am

    Peony @yuyunhsin

  26. Sara

    December 6th, 2020 at 11:35 am

    Roses! Saralefebvre

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