In Slovenia (EU)
Flowe water bottles use traditional Slovenian crafts - in the form of specialist wickerworks.
Our bottle cases are all made, one at a time, entirely by hand by dedicated craftspeople in Slovenia, who specialise in particular local materials and technique.
They are high-quality products, beautifully made, with very high attention to detail. It takes an average of 4 hours to produce a single water bottle holder.
This is not an industrial process.
Every bottle is unique.
Flowe water bottle collection encourage a re-evaluation of traditional crafts - wickerwork as well as the use of local and sustainable materials such as willow, corn husk and rye straw.
Rye is grown for its highly nutritious grain, and the straw stem is a by-product.
For use in wicker, the crop must be cut by hand to provide the perfect quality and shape.
The willow is an extremely fast growing tree and is a truly sustainable and renewable resource.
In the first years, it can reach up to 10 cm per day, which is usually about two and a half meters a year.
Young willow branches are used for wicker.
Wicker material used is 100% natural, and in the case of corn leaves, a by-product of a cash crop.
Corn leaves used come from non-genetically modified maize plants.
The leaves these plants produce have a longer shape, and for this reason are the only ones suitable for wickerwork.
All the colour shades (Natural, Lila and Copper) are result of the natural growth of this particular corn plant.
Biodiversity & Packaging
Flowe protective packaging for postage is made from unbleached cardboard made from INVASIVE ALIEN PLANT SPECIES material such as Japanese knotweed (Fallopia japonica) or Black locust (Robinia pseudacacia)
Many plants that are used for food and decorations are alien plants. They were brought to Slovenia from the area of their natural distribution, either intentionally or unintentionally. Most of them remain in the fields and gardens, but some of them have found a way to spread quickly to the natural environment.
They replace native species, change ecosystems, cause economy harm or even endanger human health. Due to their successful spread, they are called invasive alien plant species.
They are found mainly in abandoned construction sites, along the roads and railways, on abandoned agricultural lands, along the edges of forests and on river banks.
In Slovenia, most of the invasive alien plants are being composted or burnt but with Flowe water bottles we are searching new opportunities for their usage .
Real Respect for Water
According to the UN, as early as 2025, two-thirds of the world's population will live in water scarce areas and forecasts show that by 2050 water requirements will increase by 55%.
Perhaps we could focus more on fundamental things like water, which by their increasing scarcity become more and more valuable?
As consumers we need to change our attitude towards the precious asset of water. Part of this change could be about how we carry drinking water in our daily lives.
Could the vessels in which the water is kept reflect real respect for this vital element?
The collection of Flowe water bottles was awarded with mark of design excellence ”Made in Slovenia” by Center for Creativity and Museum of Architecture and Design, MAO.
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