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Smithers-Oasis introduces first biodegradable floral foam

After years of development and in response to requests from florists and consumers, Smithers-Oasis is introducing Oasis Naturebase Bio Floral Foam, the world’s first floral foam that is biodegradable, according to a news release.

SMITHERS-OASISSmithers-Oasis is introducing the world’s first biodegradable floral foam. Oasis Naturebase Bio Floral Foam is available in four shapes — Florette Petite and Grande, a 33-cm Solid Heart and a 41-cm Ring. “Our customers are at the heart of our business,” said Chris Martens, managing director at Smithers-Oasis BeNeLux, in the release. “After listening to their valuable feedback, we are delighted to announce that we have upgraded the technology of our Oasis floral foam, resulting in a positive impact on the environment.”

Oasis Naturebase Bio Floral Foam’s new formula is designed for modern landfills and attracts microbes that break the foam down into methane, CO2 and organic matter.

Testing based on American Society for Testing and Materials standards shows that Oasis Bio Floral Foam will biodegrade for 51.5 percent within one year and 85 percent within three years in biologically active landfill conditions.

Smithers-Oasis was the first in the industry to eliminate the use of chlorofluorocarbon from floral foam production and has successfully reduced volatile organic compound emissions by more than 85 percent over the last 25 years.

Chris Martens added that “as part of the Smithers-Oasis culture,” the company is constantly looking for ways to be an increasingly sustainable company and provide environmentally friendly products and solutions to its customers.

An example of this is the NatureBase range. NatureBase is a biodegradable base that looks like, feels like, and performs like plastic, but is actually made from sustainable materials so it fully biodegrades.

Oasis Naturebase Bio Floral Foam is available in four shapes — Florette Petite and Grande, a 33-cm Solid Heart and a 41-cm Ring.

The range will be available for customers to buy from their local wholesalers.