Silk Stem Collective Goals to Reduce Waste by Providing an Different

Marriage ceremony flowers could make a significant influence on a pair’s massive day. However minimize flowers typically characterize a significant expense — and a possible waste. That’s why Silk Stem Collective goals to supply a extra sustainable answer.

As an alternative of actual, minimize flowers, the corporate rents fake flowers that look identical to the actual factor. Learn in regards to the founders and their mission beneath on this week’s Small Enterprise Highlight.



What the Enterprise Does

Presents rent-and-return wedding ceremony flowers.

Co-founder Megan Rapacz informed Small Enterprise Tendencies, “We imagine in lowering waste within the wedding ceremony trade by renting reasonably priced, high-quality fake flowers. We provide 10 totally different collections every with a novel model however all as lovely as contemporary flowers.”

Enterprise Area of interest

Sustainability.

Rapacz says, “Our mission is targeted on minimizing the environmental influence of weddings. Clients select us as a result of our product is gorgeous and reasonably priced. However our mission is what units up aside.”

How the Enterprise Obtained Began

Upon realizing there was a marketplace for fake wedding ceremony flowers.

Rapacz says, “After utilizing fake florals in my wedding ceremony, I went to promote them on Fb market and bought a surge of {couples}. My sister, a Chemical Engineer by schooling, has at all times had a ardour for environmental conservation and noticed a possibility to assist others cut back wedding ceremony waste.”

Largest Win

Being awarded a $10,000 Amber Grant for girls owned small companies.

Rapacz provides, “This was not solely an enormous honor however a leap begin in the direction of our 2021 enterprise targets.”

Largest Danger

Investing in high quality flowers.

Rapacz says, “Prime quality fake flowers are extraordinarily costly as a result of they’re very labor intensive to create. Some flowers price as much as $15 for one stem! As a result of we supply the very best high quality flowers, we regularly purchase in bulk to maintain prices low once we are creating new collections. At one level we spent over $5,000 on a bulk order of flowers which we had by no means seen in particular person. If the flowers had been less than our high quality requirements we’d have been out that cash… the producer doesn’t settle for returns! Fortunately, solely a small portion didn’t dwell as much as our realism requirements and we had been in a position to make use of a majority.”

Lesson Realized

No enterprise can develop shortly with out effectively spent advertising {dollars}.

Rapacz explains, “At first, we had hoped that phrase of mouth would develop our model. We shortly realized that top high quality product and reasonably priced costs aren’t sufficient! Clients wanted to listen to about us to know renting pretend flowers for a marriage was even an choice. Had we shelled out the cash sooner, we’d have grown a lot sooner.”

How They’d Spend an Additional $100,000

Flowers!

Rapacz provides, “We love creating new collections and increasing our choices. Selection is the spice of life and we attempt to supply as a lot selection as potential to our numerous buyer base.”

Favourite Quote

“It doesn’t matter how gradual you go so long as you don’t cease.” -Confucius.

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Picture: Silk Stem Collective; Megan and Amanda Rapacz



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