All our creations are personalized, unique and custom-made, using only the most carefully sourced flowers and materials for our contemporary arrangements. In addition to (very!) fresh flowers, we also offer arrangements using silk flowers and other imperishable materials.
The person behind eva.g design floral equitable
Business owner Eva Gludovatz, a creative European-trained florist and designer aims to make contemporary floral design the standard, not the exception.
As we believe that clients always notice the difference in quality, we use only the most carefully sourced flowers and materials for our arrangements.
Our unique contemporary European design prioritizes ecological and social consciousness.
How we source our flowers
The use of locally produced flowers, branches and foliage certainly leaves a smaller ecological footprint. Unfortunately, our biggest challenge in Canada is a climate that does not allow a year-round supply of flowers, which is why most of the flowers sold here in Québec have to be imported from around the world, particularly from large South American producers.
Since cut flowers are not considered food, they can carry up to 100 times more pesticides than fruit or vegetables imported from the same countries, including pesticides, herbicides, and fungicides that are banned from use in Canada. The overuse of chemicals has negative effects on the local environment of the producer countries, their supply of clean drinking water, the health of the flower farm workers, and eventually, the florists who handle flowers and the people who buy flowers. In Europe, certified flowers have become the norm instead of the exception. In North America, we are still not quite there.
Unfortunately, it is impossible to get every single variety of flower, greenery or branch either locally produced, or organic, or of fair trade production. Yet, we at eva g. design floral always opt for the environmentally friendly option when given a choice.
The Fairtrade Program
The Fairtrade Program is based on a partnership between producers and consumers. It is a social program that improves the work conditions of flower farm workers in the producing countries.
Although the production cost of fair trade flowers is slightly higher than conventional production, this initial price difference is completely absorbed in the distribution/wholesale/retail chain. In the end, fair trade flowers cost about the same as conventional flowers.
|VeriFlora is an agricultural sustainability certification and eco-labeling program recognized as the gold-standard in the floriculture and horticulture industries. The program is administered by Scientific Certification Systems (SCS), a global third-party certifier of environmental, sustainability and agricultural product quality claims.The VeriFlora Label can be found on the packaging of fresh cut flowers and potted plants. To know more, visit: www.veriflora.com||Sierra EcoSierra Flowers is the biggest flower importer in eastern Canada and their Sierra Eco program is a big player in the introduction of ecologically sustainable methods of growing flowers.
Each of their “Sierra Eco-Partner” farms hold are regularly monitored with strict “Sierra Quality” guidelines authenticated by Sierra Eco.
You can find a list of local flower shops that carry Sierra Eco flowers on their website. To know more, visit: www.sierraeco.com
|FlorVerdeThis Columbian association helps Colombian growers improve their agricultural and social practices. Colombia remains the principal flower supplier to North America supplying more than half of all the flowers sold. To know more visit www.florverde.org|
|Fairtrade Canada is Canada’s only non-profit certification and public education organization promoting the “Fairtrade” certification to improve the livelihood of developing world farmers and workers.The TransFair Canada Logo can be found on fair trade products such as coffee, sugar, and chocolate. To know more, visit: www.fairtrade.ca||Fairtrade Labelling Organizations (FLO) is an international, non-profit, multi-stakeholder association involving 23 member organizations. To know more, www.fairtrade.net||Rainforest AllianceThis organization has a focus on forest products. Cut flowers and ferns, but also bananas, coffee, tea, cocoa, oranges, and ecotourism projects.
They are very active in Central and South America but have certified projects worldwide. To know more visit www.rainforest-alliance.org