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Is Your Houseplant Eco-Friendly? New Sustainably Grown Plants from Bloomist

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Is Your Houseplant Eco-Friendly? New Sustainably Grown Plants from Bloomist

April 22, 2021

We are big fans of Bloomist and their championing of artisan-made wares and environmentally-sensitive faux flowers. They recently wrote to share news of a new collection: live plants.

“Live plants were always a part of the original vision when we conceived of Bloomist,” says co-founder Alex Bates. “But finding the right grower that aligned with our sustainability mission and that had the ability to scale and drop ship was an elusive challenge. How the plants were grown was just as important to us as the quality and shipping reliability.”

They finally found their ideal partner in the Midwest: an MPS-certified greenhouse whose Earth-friendly growing practices align with Bloomist’s commitment to the environment. (The More Profitable Sustainability group sets sustainability standards for the international flowers and ornamentals industry.) The greenhouse uses 100 percent recycled rainwater to water the plants, natural pest control methods in order to cut down reliance on pesticides, and wood boilers to generate heat (thereby decreasing carbon emissions by 90 percent). In addition, it recycles and reuses growing trays.

“This capsule collection is just the start. We will expand our assortment dramatically and want to layer on more unexpected species,” says Alex.

Here’s a look at Bloomist’s new live houseplants collection.

Featured photograph by Dana Gallagher; all others by David Chow, courtesy of Bloomist.

Each houseplant (pictured is Alocasia amazonica) comes with its own hand-thrown whitewashed terracotta pot and saucer. The pot is about 5- by 5-inches. &#8\2\20;They are made by Atuto, whose founder Holland Millis has worked with skilled craft-workers in the Honduras for decades,&#8\2\2\1; says Alex. &#8\2\20;In addition to creating opportunities for skilled employment in this mountainous region, where subsistence farming is a way of life for many, Atuto supports its Ambos Foundation.&#8\2\2\1;
Above: Each houseplant (pictured is Alocasia amazonica) comes with its own hand-thrown whitewashed terracotta pot and saucer. The pot is about 5- by 5-inches. “They are made by Atuto, whose founder Holland Millis has worked with skilled craft-workers in the Honduras for decades,” says Alex. “In addition to creating opportunities for skilled employment in this mountainous region, where subsistence farming is a way of life for many, Atuto supports its Ambos Foundation.”
Every live houseplant ships directly from the grower and comes with a care card. Pictured here is a Boston fern.
Above: Every live houseplant ships directly from the grower and comes with a care card. Pictured here is a Boston fern.
Above: There are currently six types of houseplants in the collection, among them a Phlebodium Blue Star, a Calathea Wavestar, and a snake plant. Each is $88.

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