So, this probably should have gone into my gastown post, but I figured it deserved it’s own post. You’re gonna love it, so yeah, you’re welcome.
So here’s the story: On my way over to Nelson The Seagull, I saw a street sign that pointed towards a flight of stairs. It was for a flower shop, and well you all know how much I love me some flowers right? I turned around, and walked up those stairs (how adventurous! haha) and was met by the most beautiful studio.
“The Olla Urban Flower Project is a unique flower shop inspired to create socially-conscious arrangements and living containers. They build a social enterprise that is accountable to the community in which they are located, the downtown eastside (DTES), and to the environment.”
I’d never thought about flowers that needed to be socially responsible, but when you start thinking about the flower industry like other agricultural industries, you start to understand why a move to a more responsible flower industry is a much needed change.
Unlike the coffee or agricultural industry which have seen changes recently to reflect a change in social expectations (low wages for workers, pesticide usage, deforestation…etc) The flower industry is still stuck with dated expectations. Olla sees the need for change and the whole studio offers ethically sourced flowers.
They also work towards a zero waste mandate by sending their green waste to local composting projects and working with suppliers to decrease packaging. If you’ve ever worked with flowers, you’ll understand how much waste is involved!
Oh, and btw, those flowers are AMAZING. Please check them out. And check out their site!