What is the carbon footprint of fresh-cut flowers??
👉🏽Well, as always, the answer is nuanced and depends on where they’re from. In her latest blog post, @ethicalunicorn lays out some important facts regarding the ethics of flowers, as well as the carbon cost of having them year round.
“Nearly all of the flowers we buy in the west were actually grown elsewhere. Around 80% of flowers in western shops are imported from countries such as The Netherlands, Kenya, Colombia, Vietnam and Ecuador... It has also been said that in the US roughly 100 million roses are given on a typical Valentine’s Day alone, producing 9,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions.”
💨“In the past there has been debate over whether imported flowers are a sustainable option. In 2007 Britain’s International Development Secretary Hilary Benn argued that importing African flowers is better for the environment because they aren’t grown in heated greenhouses, as they are in the Netherlands. Unlike the Netherlands Kenyan hot houses don’t require artificial light, heat and cooling, and a 2008 study found that, including transport, Kenyan roses produced 6,034kg of CO2 compared to the Netherlands 37,110kg.”
🌿Keep reading more in @ethicalun latest article via the link in her bio or in my latest stories.👆🏽
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