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Cut Flowers: Colourful, Classy, and Carbon-Intensive...?

As lockdown has separated families, many of us will be looking to send a floral gift this Mother's Day. Whilst beautiful, out-of-season, cut flowers are often either flown in from Africa or South America, or raised in greenhouses in the Netherlands - so have a large carbon cost.

One red rose could be the carbon equivalent of 4.5 kilos of bananas, making them one of the most carbon-intensive things per pound in your shopping basket.

Send a Bouquet Without the Environmental Damage!

Fortunately, there are several companies out there making cut flower gifting as sustainable as possible. Here are our recommendations:

Arena Flowers

Officially the UK's most ethical florist, Arena earned a perfect 100 score last year in the Ethical Company Index. Throughout the supply chain, the company uses organic, compostable materials and has taken measures to reduce the amount of plastics in use. For every bunch of flowers bought, they plant a tree in a country experiencing deforestation

Fairtrade? Not all of the bunches, but there are plenty of options that are

Plastic free? Yes, the cellophane wrapping is biodegradable

British bunches? There are four British bouquets to choose from

Shop Arena Flowers here

Appleyard Flowers

Appleyard packs its flowers in paper, card and biodegradable cellophane and asserts that it is working to ensure all elements in the production process create as little waste as possible. It only sources stems from Britain and occasionally Kenya, putting a percentage of what they pay for these flowers back into the community - that means building new schools and only working with Fairtrade farms that pay workers a decent wage.

Fairtrade? The stems sourced from Kenya are fairtrade

Plastic free? Yes, the cellophane used is biodegradable

British bunches? Yes, all Appleyard flowers are either British or from fairtrade Kenyan farms