In many ways. You probably knew that pesticides and herbicides are pretty deleterious for the ecosystem. Add to that the draining of water tables to feed flower farms, and the impact of freighting them in from all corners of the globe. Think those lovely irises were grown in English meadows? More likely Ecuador, Colombia or Israel. Some 90% of flowers we buy will be imported from overseas.
Even sourcing a little closer to home doesn’t help. Flowers raised in Dutch greenhouses have 5 times the carbon footprint of those flown in from Kenya. 5 times, wow. In fact, of all the things you consume in your house, aside from your gas and coal, those flowers are likely to have the largest carbon footprint of all. Ouch, planet.
A pot, some soil, some seeds. You’ll think you can’t but you can. If you need tips, try Hollie Newton’s eminently practical How to Grow.
UK farmers are growing the freshest seasonal flowers you could wish for, all in our back yards. If you can’t find British then consider Fair Trade or Floreverde. Millions of the world’s poorest depend on the flower industry, yet buying from them doesn’t have to mean exploiting them. These marks let you know your flowers been responsibly grown.
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