UrbanStems offers beautiful handcrafted bouquets, delivered for free by bicycle

UrbanStems flower delivery
© UrbanStems

This on-demand flower delivery startup aims to make sending (and receiving) flowers "nothing short of delightful."

After a bad flower delivery experience, the founders of UrbanStems set out to build a better alternative - one which could deliver not only a beautiful bouquet, but also do it affordably, dependably, and with a human touch. The company, which currently offers its free on-demand flower delivery in Washington, DC, and Manhattan, sources its flowers directly from Rainforest Alliance-certified farms in Ecuador and Colombia, and promises full transparency in their products, so that "what you see on the website is what arrives at your recipient's doorstep."

One defining feature of UrbanStems is its free on-demand bicycle delivery service, which promises delivery within the hour (between the hours of 10am and 6pm), complete with photo verification of delivery, with no hidden fees or added charges. The bouquets, which are designed to be long-lasting and start at just $35, can be scheduled for immediate delivery, or in advance at a specific date and time.

Another part of what makes the UrbanStems experience different is their choice to only offer three options for curated "seasonal bouquets" at a time, cutting down drastically on not only the complexity of ordering, but also on the amount of waste involved, which can be very high at conventional florists. While the flowers themselves aren't exactly local and sustainable, they are grown on farms that are certified by the Rainforest Alliance and Veiflora, and the farms do pay a living wage to its workforce, which is comprised mostly of women (90%).

Find out more about sending flowers through UrbanStems at the website or the Facebook page.

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