Foundation in Sustainable Floristry
Transform your practice, and the industry, for a healthy global future.
Why this course?
They select flowers and products, make design choices, and pass information to customers.
Created specifically for working florists, this course establishes the foundations for better decision-making, from principles through to practice.
We look at the latest science, interview global experts and examine strategies for creating a more sustainable industry.
We look at the problems, identify solutions and apply them to floristry.
Students have three months to complete the course, at their own pace.
At the end of the course, students will receive a certificate of completion, verifying their achievements.
Hear from the experts
Rich in video content
Motivation to change behaviour
A new system
What will I learn?
Define ‘sustainability’ using the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals as our guide.
Identify how floral designers and business owners can address climate change, biodiversity loss and pollution.
Describe how the global floriculture industry functions and identify sustainability issues along the supply chain.
Become an ambassador for nature by using creativity and knowledge to connect customers to the natural world.
Describe how the world of commercial flower production operates from soil to vase, and how inputs and farming methods can impact carbon footprints and the local environment.
Move away from our current 'take-make-waste' linear approach to resource use and waste creation towards a circular economy.
Use cut-flower certifications effectively through understanding what they represent.
Choose better flowers by using our understanding of how flowers are produced and traded for better decision-making.
Design out waste by conserving resources and designing for the planet.
Invest in ethics by valuing natural capital in all decision-making.
Communicate with community by asking the right questions and passing on the best information to create a more sustainable industry.
What our students have to say:
flower farmer & florist, UK
florist & author, a guide to floral mechanics.
What is the Sustainable Floristry Network?
We are creating a new standard for floristry, based around sustainability principles.
Many floristry education programs for florists are dated, set wasteful design standards, and ignore the problems in the industry.
We saw a need for truly independent, science-based education that builds sustainability in from the beginning.
Will the course certify me as a 'sustainable florist'?
We do not run a certification scheme or a compliance program. That means the SFN does not accredit, certify or audit individuals or businesses as 'sustainable florists'.
Certification is an important way of setting standards in many industries (including floriculture – you’ll learn more about that in the course), but it is an intense and often expensive process. And making claims about 'being sustainable' can have specific country-specific meanings in consumer law.
Instead, the course provides a thorough grounding in sustainable principles and practices – as they apply to floristry. And completing the course is the first step to becoming a Sustainable Floristry Network Member Florist.
SFN Membership Program
What is SFN Membership?
Become an SFN Member Florist for 2024 - 2025
What are the benefits of membership?
Florists who become SFN Member Florists will receive an SFN member badge for use on their website and email. This digital credential will enable viewers to verify the florist’s achievements and commitment to the program.
What is CPD?
According to The Certification Service, "CPD encourages looking forward and identifying opportunities to learn something new, refresh existing knowledge, improve skills, or simply keep up-to-date with the latest developments within a particular profession or industry".