Smithers-Oasis

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Smithers-Oasis is a company specializing in floristry products. The company created water-absorbing foam in 1954 and leads manufacturing and marketing of various products in the global florist industry.[1]

History[edit]

The company was founded in 1954 by V.L. Smithers in Kent, Ohio after he developed a water absorbent foam to use in floral arrangements. Since then, other products have been developed including floral accessories, cellular growing media, and post-harvest plant products. The company is headquartered in Kent and operates a manufacturing plant there. Plans were announced in August 2013 to return corporate offices to Kent from Cuyahoga Falls, where they had been located since 1992.[2]

Products[edit]

Wet floral foam[edit]

Oasis is a trademarked name for wet floral foam, the spongy phenolic foam used for real flower arranging.[3] It soaks up water like a sponge and acts both as a preservative to prolong the life of the flowers and a support to hold them in place. The foam's structure is similar to that of plants and has capillary action to move water to the surface and up the stem.[3] It is often green, but is also available in many other colours, such as purple, red, yellow, and brown.[4] It usually is supplied in a brick shape, but can be bought in spherical shapes.[5] Oasis can be bought wholesale[6] or in arts and craft and gardening stores, particularly ones that feature large faux flower collections for creating artificial arrangements.

Dry floral foam[edit]

Sahara and Sahara II are the trademarked names for dry floral foam produced by the Smithers-Oasis and used for supporting arrangements of artificial flowers. The company also offers products using Dow's Styrofoam and molded urethane.[7]

Coloured floral foam[edit]

Rainbow Foam is the trademarked name for coloured floral foam produced by the Smithers-Oasis in France. It doesn't contain the same formulation as the regular wet floral foam thus requires other soaking directions before use.

Composition[edit]

Floral foam contains elements, including Phenol- formaldehyde polymers, surfactants and wetting agents.[8]

Exposure to floral foam can cause eye, skin and respiratory tract irritation.[8]

This link provides the Material Safety Data Sheet of OASIS Floral Foam http://www.fdionline.net/fdi/public/files/msds/SO-Oasis_Floral_Foam_2009.pdf

References[edit]

  1. ^ "About Us". Sona.oasisfloral.com. Retrieved 2010-10-21. 
  2. ^ Fredmonsky, Matt (August 11, 2013). "Longtime Kent Firm Relocating Downtown". Kent Patch. Retrieved August 11, 2013. 
  3. ^ a b "Smithers Oasis Resource Center". Web.archive.org. Archived from the original on 2008-04-07. Retrieved 2010-10-21. 
  4. ^ "Rainbow Foam". Sona.oasisfloral.com. Retrieved 2010-10-21. 
  5. ^ "Oasis Brand Floral Foams". Sona.oasisfloral.com. Retrieved 2010-10-21. 
  6. ^ "Where to Buy". Sona.oasisfloral.com. Retrieved 2010-10-21. 
  7. ^ "Oasis Dry Floral Foams". Sona.oasisfloral.com. Retrieved 2010-10-21. 
  8. ^ a b "Florists Foam Toxicity". Ehow.co.uk. Retrieved 2013-09-12. 

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