Make the Eco-Friendly Switch to Plant Gifts
As environmental awareness has grown, our day-to-day habits have changed. Instead of sending everything to the landfill, we recycle paper, plastic, glass, and aluminum. Instead of driving cars that spew out smoke and fumes, we drive fuel-efficient low-emission vehicles.
Here's another eco-friendly change that many people have made: Instead of sending cut flowers to loved ones, they have a live plant delivered.
We all admire the beauty of a vase full of long-stemmed roses, but did you know that most cut flowers are terrible for the environment? Here are some important facts:
- Two-thirds of all cut flowers sold in the United States are imported. Most come from South America and Africa. A staggering amount of jet fuel is required to fly these cut flowers into the U.S.
- Workers at foreign flower fields do not enjoy the labor protections we have here in the U.S. They make poverty-level wages and are exposed to harmful pesticides and other dangerous chemicals, leading to health problems.
- Cut flowers end up in the trash within a week. What a waste of all the resources they consume!
Make the switch to Giving Plants and rest assured that you're buying an environmentally friendly gift.
- All the plants we sell were grown in the United States. No overseas airplane rides required!
- Our workers enjoy OSHA labor protections, limiting their exposure to dangerous pesticides.
- Live plants last for months or even years when properly cared for. Your recipient will get a lot of value out of your gift.
Send a beautiful, long-lasting gift you can feel good about: Start shopping!
- Sierra Club "The Hidden Life of Cut Flowers"
- Valentine's Roses: The Gift That Says 'I Hate You, Earth'
- Health Effects of Cut Flower Pesticides
- "Colombia Flower Growers Struggle to Cut Pesticide Use"
- Fairness in Flowers Labor Conditions Review
- Another Blog Entry (He forgot to say "Plants are the Answer!")
- Article on V-Day Flowers and the Environment