Foundation in sustainable floristry

The first course in our CPD program establishes the foundations for better decision-making, with an overview of the problems we face as florists – and strategies for change.

A Foundation in Sustainable Floristry establishes the foundations for better decision making.

Where to start

A Foundation in Sustainable Floristry has been designed to supports the UN Sustainable Development Goals and the UN Sustainable Development Agenda 2030.

The online course will be accredited by an independent third-party CPD accreditor, and all students who successfully complete the course will receive a certificate of completion.

Learning objectives

The Foundation in Sustainable Floristry has been developed for all skill levels, from beginners through to teachers. By the end of the course, students will have an understanding of how they can:

  • shift industry practices to align with the UN SDGs
  • transition from a linear to circular mindset
  • reduce industry-specific carbon and chemical footprints
  • support social/labour improvements in flower farms
  • substitute problematic manufactured products and designs and embrace more eco-friendly products.


Over 10- 12 hours online, we’ll explore a range of topics including:

  • the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals
  • the triple planetary crisis of climate change, biodiversity loss and pollution
  • what’s involved in commercial flower production
  • sustainability issues within global floriculture supply chains
  • identifying carbon and chemical hotspots within the floriculture chain
  • the circular economy Vs take-make-waste linear system
  • the waste pyramid and waste processing
  • floral foam, floristry plastics and the issue of plastic pollution
  • a new system for decision-making.

You must complete the Foundation in Sustainable Floristry course before you become a SFN member and join the directory.


The SFN Foundation in Sustainable Floristry Course costs will be announced early in 2023. 

Our goal has always to make the program as affordable as possible, with the understanding that florists are generally on low incomes.