Floral foam contains toxic elements, (like formaldehyde, barium sulfates and carbon black) and these elements are carcinogenic. Be sure to be safe!
Avoid inhaling dust from foam by ensuring proper ventilation. Wear gloves and wash thoroughly after contact with foam or the water in which it was submerged. And when disposing of your foam, do not burn it. The fumes can release harmful chemicals.
We know there are times when you need to use floral foam, but here are some alternatives to consider: Chicken wire, rocks, a metal frog, vine ball or waterproof tape. Or you can use the recyclable “egg” or “pillow” that Debra Prinzing introduced to us at the September General Meeting. Click here to order through the Syndicate Sales Website.
Just remember that floral arranging doesn’t need to be scary!