It’s time to think about sustainable flowers. Most of the beautiful bouquets we buy in the US come with large carbon and chemical footprints: 80% of commercial cut flowers are grown in South America and travel thousands of miles before you ever see them; and since imported flowers are required to be pest-free, they may come saturated with chemicals to ensure they clear customs.
There’s a growing movement, echoing our demand for local and organic foods, to help us find and buy locally grown and sustainably produced flowers. It’s less developed than the systems for producing and distributing local and organic foods, but we’ve found some reliable sources.
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