Essential Choices for the Valentines Gifts

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Whether for the people we love, the friends we visit or simply to put colors in his daily life, buying flowers is common attention that seems trivial. But for flowers to be a real gift for ‘everyone’, you still have to make the right choices. For that follow the guide to choose well its flowers.

That’s it, soon Valentine’s Day, and after, we’ll soon be able to start counting the days that separate us from spring. Strongly buds, the pretty green leaves and some rays of the sun that will make us forget the winter. Also, come the flowers that so enliven our interiors and our gardens. But not all are a gift for the environment. So, how to make the right choice? Follow our guide to better choose flowers. A visit to makes things perfect now.

The guide to choosing flowers?

If we are more and more likely to adopt the reflex of eating season and less meat or limit the use of water and electricity, there are areas where we do not immediately think of the impact ecological of our gestures, even benevolent. Offering flowers, for example, is one that requires thought.

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For example, have you ever thought about the ecological impact of the pretty bouquet you are about to buy? Because it’s true, we do not always imagine that before being in the sublime composition in front of you, the flowers were grown sometimes in the greenhouse, treated with pesticides by workers often exploited, sprinkled with liters of water and transported by plane. In other words, bouquets of flowers are not always a gift for the planet.

Choose flowers

Yet, we must not deprive ourselves of all the pleasures. So there are some simple actions to please and have fun by offering flowers, without it being synonymous with disaster for the environment.

Seasonal flowers or import flowers?

As with fruits and vegetables, most flowers are found all year round. In the off-season, horticulturists use permanently heated and lighted greenhouses, which significantly increase the carbon footprint of their production.

The solution for choosing flowers

  • Respect the cycles of the seasons by preferring the flowers of the South in a season for example
  • Offer flowers, a gift that can have a heavy carbon footprint
  • The vast majority of the flowers you buy come from southern countries: this is the case for 90% of roses, orchids and tulips.

Most of the cut flowers sold in France come from the Netherlands, but also from Central America, South America, Africa (especially Kenya) and recently from Asia with India, which exports more and more.

Today it is estimated that:

Since flowers are fragile and perishable, they must be transported quickly, so by plane, the ecological balance is weighed down.

Flowers imported by plane

The energy budget for air transport is 570 to 1580 g per ton of flower per kilometer. In comparison, the balance sheet is a little less bad for the road: the flowers transported by refrigerated truck use 800 g of CO 2 per kilometer. Roughly, a bouquet of 12 roses from the Netherlands produces 8 kg of CO 2 , the equivalent of 2 liters of fuel which represents 45 km done with an average car.