From field to florist, cut flowers have a significant impact on climate change. Almost 80% of the 6.8 billion stems of flowers annually sold in the U.S. are imported with the majority grown in greenhouses in Colombia or Ecuador. Cut flowers for market use, take up a large amount of water, pesticides, and refrigeration to keep them fresh. It’s hard to calculate the carbon footprint of a single bouquet, but it’s estimated that 100 million roses, the average number sold in the US on Valentine’s Day, produce 9,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide. To cut your impact, look for flowers certified by Veriflora, Florverde, or the USDA, as these programs work to lower environmental impacts and improve worker conditions. An even better option though is buying a potted plant from a local grower. Buying local reduces the plant’s carbon footprint and supports your community’s economy. While the air purifying effects of house plants are inconclusive, studies show plants can reduce stress and have a positive impact on someone’s mood and energy level. Do you think companies should disclose the carbon footprint of your purchase? Let us know in the comments below! ▪︎ ▪︎ ▪︎ ▪︎ ▪︎ #Hashtags #YEARSproject #carbonfootprint #climatechange #flowers #cutflower #florist #houseplant #pottedplants #buylocal #valentinesday #bouquet - The Years Project

From field to florist, cut flowers have a significant impact on climate change. Almost 80% of the 6.8 billion stems of flowers annually sold in the U.S. are imported with the majority grown in greenhouses in Colombia or Ecuador. Cut flowers for market use, take up a large amount of water, pesticides, and refrigeration to keep them fresh. It’s hard to calculate the carbon footprint of a single bouquet, but it’s estimated that 100 million roses, the average number sold in the US on Valentine’s Day, produce 9,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide. To cut your impact, look for flowers certified by Veriflora, Florverde, or the USDA, as these programs work to lower environmental impacts and improve worker conditions. An even better option though is buying a potted plant from a local grower. Buying local reduces the plant’s carbon footprint and supports your community’s economy. While the air purifying effects of house plants are inconclusive, studies show plants can reduce stress and have a positive impact on someone’s mood and energy level. Do you think companies should disclose the carbon footprint of your purchase? Let us know in the comments below! ▪︎ ▪︎ ▪︎ ▪︎ ▪︎ #Hashtags #YEARSproject #carbonfootprint #climatechange #flowers #cutflower #florist #houseplant #pottedplants #buylocal #valentinesday #bouquet