Can Flowers Be Fair?

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A worker tends to roses at Nevado Ecuador, a farms that uses either exclusively organic or sustainable techniques in its greenhouses. Photo by Amy Stewart http://imgs.sfgate.com/c/pictures/2007/02/07/ho_flowers_valentine03.jpg

Do you even have to ask? But of course! You just have to know where to look, and that’s what we here at Fair Trade Fashionista is here for!

As there have been issues with Child Labor as well as unsafe working conditions and use of deadly pesticides in the flower industry in places such as Columbia; and 32% percent of all households in the United States celebrate Valentine’s Day with flowers, it is very important that we all make sure to keep our purchases of flowers sustainable and Fair Trade!

1.) “A Better World is Blooming”- This provides Fair wages to employees, most of whom are women, and allows them to “feed their families, send their children to school, invest in community development and sustainable farming methods.” When purchasing these flowers, you are investing in these women and their families future, as well as making your sweetheart smile. So why not hit two birds with one stone…or purchase?

2.) Buy Local! Here’s a website to local organic farms so that no matter where you are in the United States you can make sure to purchase local, organic and Fair Trade flowers!

3.) Buy an edible fruit arrangement! This is definitely a green alternative to disposable flowers! A bouquet of flowers that you can admire and is very tasty as well! See their options.

4.) Buy potted plants- These are just as beautiful as a bouquet of flowers do not die after a couple weeks, and give back to the environment in which they are kept. They keep inside or can be planted outside with the coming of April and spring showers!

These were just a couple ideas to get you thinking about sustainability and Fair Trade! Any more ideas or suggestiosn? Leave a comment!

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2 responses to “Can Flowers Be Fair?

  1. Pingback: Let’s put the “love” back into Valentine’s Day! « Fair Trade Fashionista*

  2. Nice blog. Perfect topic ” Can flowers be fair?” to be discussed. Keep it up the good work.

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