By Josh Reany
Michael, 62, from Broomhall, is a mobile flower seller based in Sheffield City Centre. He’s hoping his zero carbon flower stand will urge others to reduce their carbon footprint.
“The whole idea is that I’m an environmentally friendly flower seller.”
I think we need to do more to protect the environment. I’m doing my bit I don’t bring any carbon into the city centre.”
“I don’t think there’s anyone else selling them like I sell them.”
Michael first came up with the idea when he saw a lady cycling her eight kids to school on a bike similar to his own.
“I saw a woman cycling her kids to school in Cambridge and I just took one look at it and immediately thought flowers, could I sell flowers from it?”
“If it can carry eight kids it can carry flowers.”
Although it was just an idea at the time, Michael admits that flowers have made him a much happier man.
“Apparently flower sellers are the happiest people in the world and I’m beginning to understand why.”
It was an idea but now I’m doing it I do love flowers even more.”
“Making other people happy makes me happy.”
Michael has no immediate plans to expand but would like his idea to spread through other areas of the UK.
“I’m too old to expand it any further. I’m quite happy just to carry it on on my own.”
It wouldn’t surprise me to see a lot more of these in the country and it would be nice to make a bit of profit and maybe have another somewhere in South Yorkshire.”