On average, an American wedding produces 400 pounds of garbage and as many emissions as approximately 4 people would produce in a year, on a single day (Harrison, 2008). In Hawaii, these numbers are likely greater given that many wedding items (party favors, custom and therefore non-reusable items) and our guests travel here by plane. Yet, weddings and tourism fuel local livelihoods -how do we take care of both our ʻaina (land) and our economy?
Bridal Flowers Hawaii is Oahu islandʻs first wedding & event florist focused on sustainable design. Although much more needs to be done throughout the industry, change is starting with one family. At the center is our founder, single-mom, and Japanese ikebana master, Maiko Kuroda. Our familyʻs mission is to "green" ʻOahuʻs weddings, starting with the greenery every bride touches -the bridal bouquet. From prioritizing local flower farms, scrutinizing our supply chainʻs agricultural practices, innovating our designs away from petroleum based floral foam, re-homing wedding flowers to nursing facilities, to teaching green floristry in the local community, we are a serious environmental event florist.
Hawaiiʻs wedding industry generates $16 billion annually. It is currently decimated by the coronavirus, with travel restrictions and most major hotels closed. Unfortunately, Bridal Flowers Hawaii laid off our entire team as it was the ethical thing to do given the availability of unemployment funding and our inability to operate with no weddings. We are seeking funding to re-hire and advertise (hire videography!) so as to be ready to provide a sustainable floristry option when events resume.
Thank you for your consideration!