Finding Ways to “Go Green”

At Bo-Ty Florist, we have worked for years toward being a green business.  Of course, we’re surrounded by green, with plants and flowers throughout the store, so perhaps that connection to the environment helps make us aware of the impact we make.

One of our first efforts was to take our cardboard to the paper recycling center, beginning probably over thirty years ago.  We stack up a van full and drive it up to the center where we get a few dollars for it (never really enough to defray the cost of taking it) but we are glad to be able to divert it from the landfill.

We have always had customers who would call and ask us if we could use the vases and other containers that are piling up in their closet or basement.  We’re happy to clean and try to re-use any that we can and some can be recycled with cans and bottles in Winston-Salem’s recycling program.

Our business isn’t ineligible for the city’s program, but for a long time we at Bo-Ty have kept a bin for cans and bottles that one of us will take home to add to our own recycling efforts.  The employees are glad to have that opportunity, and it’s a little bit more we can save from the landfill.

Bo-Ty Florist also can send statements, invoices and other correspondence via e-mail, for our customers who want to reduce paper clutter and enjoy the convenience of online communication.  We have quite a few customers who take advantage of this service.

We have been excited over the last year to have established a relationship with Gallins Family Farm and to be a part of their composting program.  A large portion of our waste is in stems and leaves, spent flowers, and plant trimmings, so we were happy to have the chance to recycle those items, reduce our dumpster use and have a share in all the good that recycling organic waste does. In that year Bo-Ty has collected 26 yards of material, or almost 2 tons. Had these not been composted the amount of CO2 that would have been released  would be the equivalent of emissions from 336 gallons of gasoline or 125 propane cylinders used for home barbeques.

While there is much more we all can do, Bo-Ty Florist is proud of the steps we have taken to reduce, reuse, and recycle.