Are there any companies that create and deliver eco-friendly flower arrangements? – Karly of Vancouver
My first suggestion: Ask your favourite florists if they have local, seasonal and pesticide-free flowers. Those three factors alone ooze eco-friendliness.
You’re smart to avoid flowers that have been shipped from far, far away, and not just because of their carbon footprint.
Many cut flowers come from developing countries, where growers use toxic pesticides banned in Canada. And no one tests imported flowers for pesticide residues.
The florist might look at you funny, but when it comes to cut flowers, many of us shop with our noses. It’s time we greened up our bouquet shopping skills. The more who ask our local florists for pesticide-free blooms from local farmers, the quicker they’ll clue in.
Another suggestion is to search Veriflora.com. Veriflora is a sustainability certification program for fresh cut flowers and potted plants. Search their site by province for a company that abides by their agricultural sustainability certification and eco-labelling program.
A Google search might also turn up companies that sell organic or Fair Trade Certified bouquets.
Many I found online only deliver in the U.S. — OrganicBouquet.com and Flowerbud.com — but join them on Facebook and you’ll know when they branch into Canada.
Lindsay Coulter gives you the straight goods on living green. Send your questions to email@example.com. For more great tips, visit The David Suzuki Foundation at davidsuzuki.org.