Meet the Woman Using Flowers To Power Community



They brighten rooms, elevate events and lift moods. And yet, too often, event planners commission intricate floral arrangements – only for them to be on display for a short window of time. Karin Lee realised that a better solution existed. She launched Florapeutic in 2020 and the business preserves or donates flowers after events, including weddings and corporate launches.

When clients engage Florapeutic, their flowers are packed down and transported to a hospital or aged care facility, where they are repurposed and gifted to residents or used for floral therapy sessions. Since launching, Florapeutic has repurposed 500kg of flowers, and as Lee explains the business is just getting started.

What do you wish people knew about floral waste?

There is so much waste, from plastic cable ties to flower foams themselves, which are made of plastic and dissolve into microplastics. The flowers themselves are obviously organic waste but I can guarantee you that often they end going straight into the bin with the wrapping and general waste.

Tell us about a moment that makes everything worthwhile.

Whenever I drop off flowers, particularly at aged care facilities, I can always hear someone in the distance [exclaiming over the beautiful flowers] and that’s music to my ears. The value of fresh flowers is quite underestimated. Studies show that when you have contact with flowers – whether that’s seeing them or smelling them – it boosts your mood instantly. We donate flowers to people who need them most, whether that’s hospitals or aged care facilities. Particularly during Covid-19, these cohorts were the ones who suffered social isolation the most.

Florapeutic offers two main services: flower preservations ­ where we preserve flowers that represent a significant moment in someone’s life, like a wedding or memorial flowers – and flower donation. We basically pack down the flowers and donate them to the local community, for example, nursing homes and hospitals.

Whats the best advice you’ve been given?

I’d say trusting my gut feeling, whether being a mother or a Founder. Sometimes I receive advice from different directions and they are all from good intentions. However, I learned to believe in myself and trust my instincts. After all, the decision is on me so I choose what sits well with the situation.

Meet The Women Making Thousands From Their Wardrobes



Karin Lee, of Florapeutics, preserves or repurposes flowers from events and weddings and donates them to people who need a dose of flower power


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