Jacqui O Attains Cheshire’s First Sustainable Wedding Alliance Accreditation

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Jacqui O, a luxury floral design outfit and renowned wedding and event florist based in Nantwich, northwestern England, has received accreditation from the Sustainable Wedding Alliance (SWA), making history by becoming the first such wedding floral expert in Cheshire, to receive the accreditation.

The impressive recognition showcases Jacqui O’s commitment to environmentally responsible practices throughout its floral design and production processes. It, also, sets a new standard for sustainable wedding floristry and floral design in the region.

SWA: Promoting Sustainability Within the Wedding Industry

SWA is a leading organization dedicated to promoting sustainability within the wedding industry. It, basically, is a community of passionate wedding professionals working together to inspire a positive change in the flower industry; offering resources, education, and accreditation that empower flower businesses to put sustainability at the core of their operations. 

 

Wedding bouquet by the Jacqui O brand.

 

In general, SWA’s mission is to drive change to create a more sustainable wedding industry by raising awareness and tackling climate change and attitudes. It does all these by proactively encouraging businesses to develop future thinking strategies and make responsible floral design decisions.

The Alliance, also, supports all businesses in the wedding industry and treats social and environmental impact as a primary measure of success for these businesses. Its accreditation program recognizes flower businesses that demonstrate a strong commitment to ethical sourcing, waste reduction, and minimizing their environmental impact. 

 

Jacqui O Achieves Cheshire's First Sustainable Wedding Alliance Accreditation

 

Jacqui O’s SWA accreditation, therefore, highlights and underscores the floral design brand’s commitment to a comprehensive approach to sustainability, encompassing every aspect of the floral design and production processes.

While expressing her delight for Jacqui O’s feat, Michelle Miles, the founder of SWA pointed out that the floral designer’s dedication to sustainable practices throughout its entire operations is truly inspiring. 

 

Jacqui O Achieves Cheshire's First Sustainable Wedding Alliance Accreditation

 

Michelle Miles:

“By prioritizing sustainable techniques and British-grown flowers, Jacqui O is setting a wonderful example for other businesses in the industry and empowering couples to plan weddings that are both beautiful and environmentally conscious.”

For Jacqui Owen, the founder of Jacqui O, this achievement has been a culmination of a long-held commitment to sustainability. She has always been conscious of her floral design’s impact on the planet.

Jacqui Owen:

“Growing up on a farm in the Shropshire countryside kept me grounded and helped me appreciate the beauty around me. It’s lovely to be recognized for my sustainability journey so far, but it’s all our blooming responsibility to play our part.”

 

How Jacqui O Ensures Sustainability in Its Floral Designs  Jacqui O's sustainability journey in floral design is multidimensional and incorporates a wide range of practices. For starters, the brand’s floral designers prioritize seasonal and ethically sourced flowers. They achieve this by using these flowers whenever possible, minimizing the need for imported blooms, and in turn supporting local growers. This ethical sourcing guarantees that the flowers are grown with respect for the environment and fair labor practices.
Jacqui Owen working on a wedding arrangement

 

How Jacqui O Ensures Sustainability in Its Floral Designs

Jacqui O’s sustainability journey in floral design is multidimensional and incorporates a wide range of practices. For starters, the brand’s floral designers prioritize seasonal and ethically sourced flowers. They achieve this by using these flowers whenever possible, minimizing the need for imported blooms, and in turn supporting local growers. This ethical sourcing guarantees that the flowers are grown with respect for the environment and fair labor practices.

 

Jacqui O Achieves Cheshire's First Sustainable Wedding Alliance Accreditation

 

Through building strong partnerships with sustainable growers, Jacqui O, also, nurtures close relationships with growers who implement sustainable farming practices, confirming the flowers used are produced in an environmentally responsible manner.

In addition, Jacqui O’s creative team employs sustainable flower design practices and techniques in its floral compositions, with the florists using their expertise to find planet-friendly alternatives to traditional resources. This includes using recycled and repurposed materials whenever possible.

 

Jacqui O Achieves Cheshire's First Sustainable Wedding Alliance Accreditation

 

What’s more, the florists use eco-friendly and biodegradable materials for their floral designs and packaging, minimizing the environmental impact of their products. This is helped by the fact that Jacqui O, also, actively minimizes waste through composting and responsible disposal methods, which further reduces the environmental footprint.

In the same way, the floral design company continuously seeks out different other ways to reduce its environmental impact. Jacqui O continuously strives to innovatively improve its wedding floral design practices through newer sustainability-driven ideas.

 

Jacqui O Achieves Cheshire's First Sustainable Wedding Alliance Accreditation

 

Inspiring a Wider Movement Towards Sustainability

In addition to all its operational practices, Jacqui O is keen on stimulating a wider movement towards sustainable weddings. It does this by inspiring couples to embrace sustainable practices. This is usually done by educating the wedding couples on the environmental impact of wedding florals, encouraging them to embrace sustainable practices, and helping them plan weddings that are both beautiful and environmentally conscious.

The floral designer, likewise, advocates for positive change within the floral industry, encouraging other businesses to adopt sustainable practices and contribute to a more environmentally responsible future. This is just the same way that Jacqui O also believes in giving back to the community and supporting causes that demonstrate a commitment to social responsibility.

 

Jacqui O Achieves Cheshire's First Sustainable Wedding Alliance Accreditation

 

Luxurious Wedding and Event Florals While Prioritizing the Sustainability Cause

Be that as it may, the wedding industry has long been associated with grandeur, elegance, and often, unwarranted waste. Yet, Jacqui O, a luxury floral brand with beautiful seasonal flowers at its core and an ability to pleasure the senses with the sweetest fragrances, tantalizing textures, and mesmerizing arrangements, is challenging this status quo by championing the way toward a more sustainable wedding flower design industry.

The Jacqui O brand is known for sensuous florals, incredible designs, and memories to treasure. Its passion lies in the skilled art of showcasing some of the most beautiful gifts of nature, appreciated by those who see them not only for their beauty but also their power to arouse emotion in others.

 

Jacqui O Achieves Cheshire's First Sustainable Wedding Alliance Accreditation

 

Thus, the brand’s enthusiasm toward sustainability is not merely a trend but a core value characteristic of its business philosophy. A philosophy that is all about creating breathtaking wedding and event florals that maintain a luxury feel, all the while, prioritizing the sustainability cause.

 

Photos courtesy of Jacqui O – Cheshire Florals.

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