Valentine’s Day… the holiday of LOVE! There might be someone you would love to shower with romance and affection, but while you put together the lovey-est of treats, you want to be sure to make the best choices.
I’ve written about all of the ways to keep it eco-friendly – from chocolates and candles, to wining and dining (and you can read that entire post here).
But Valentine’s Day is a hugely popular holiday for flowers. The problem? About 70% of flowers sold in the U.S. are imported and grown using highly toxic chemicals, including pesticides, fertilizers and fungicides. It doesn’t sound so pleasant to take a big “whiff” now, does it?! This is a danger to us as consumers, workers cultivating the flower crops and florists working with them daily. It also pollutes the land and groundwater and creates an unhealthy environmental effect.
This Valentine’ Day consider organic flowers! These farms instead use environmental and sustainable practices (without toxins) to insure that everyone in the chain, including the environment, isn’t put at risk. And it also simply supports local, domestic farming. Diamond Organics, California Organic Flowers and Organic Bouquet will help put you in the right direction to locate a florist that offers organic flowers or buy online if you want “green” blooms.
You can also look for the VeriFlora label or ask your florist if they are VeriFlora certified and you will know you are buying an organic and sustainable product.
Be assured you’re NOT bringing those toxins into your home or sending them to someone you actually love (or at least like a LOT!).
The scent of organic flowers is pure (non-toxic) sweetness!