CO2 is the foremost human-made greenhouse gas contributing to global warming.
Transporting flowers around the world cause high CO2 emissions from trucks and freight planes.
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As consumers, we don't think of this when deciding which bouquet to give anniversaries or birthdays or brighten a room in our homes or offices.
Think for a minute about what's 'hidden behind the curtain' when you buy a bunch of fresh-cut flowers at your local florist, supermarket, or roadside stand. Chances are those flowers were grown in South America.
Transporting Flowers Cause High CO2 Emissions
Flowers are the #1 perishable import into Miami. Almost 90% of the 4.5 billion fresh-cut flowers imported into the United States every year come into Miami, where they are repackaged for delivery to wholesalers. Every single day, at least 40,000 cases of perishable flowers arrive at Miami International Airport.
Those cases of flowers are loaded into refrigerated trucks at the farms in Ecuador and Colombia, then loaded onto cargo planes for immediate shipment by air, then unloaded into refrigerated trucks and delivered to refrigerated warehouses. Then the planes fly south again to pick up more loads. The environmental impact (and cost) of all that jet fuel and all that refrigerant is staggering.
Many companies are touting plants' substitution for flowers, as gifts, at weddings, and as decoration in our homes. While this is a viable solution for putting in a pot or vase, this does not satisfy us as intensely as flowers.
Flower arrangements date back to ancient Egypt, where flowers were selected according to symbolic meaning. These associations have carried through to the modern-day. Can you imagine giving your beloved a potted cactus to convey your love, in place of red roses, on Valentine's day?
What then is the solution to satisfy both the need for fresh-cut flowers and the desire to be conscious consumers who want to preserve the planet for our children and grandchildren?
Buying flowers that are locally grown is an option, but depending on your region's climate, this may or may not be helping. In cooler temperatures, flowers are generally produced in greenhouses under artificial conditions (heating and lighting where fossil fuels are burned).
Dried and silk flowers are options, but neither one manages to delight the Flowernistas discerning admiration of natural beauty like only a real flower can do.
This type of flower will help reduce the carbon footprint and the weekly expense of keeping fresh flowers.
Imagine a one-time purchase for up to a year to appreciate the beauty of natural flowers.