The Beauty of Organic Flowers

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blue-iris-organic-bouquet.jpgOne of life’s simplest pleasures, at least for me, is the sight and smell of a delicate flower. Flowers can add a cheerful and beautiful ambiance to any room. I came across an article that touted the greenness of the floral arrangements displayed at the U.S. Green Building Council’s recent Gala and it prompted me to think more about the bouquets we might have displayed in our homes.

According to the Northender.com, “The materials used for the USGBC Gala included: responsibly grown edible orchids, organic wheat grass, jute fiber ribbon, sustainably harvested local bamboo and eco-friendly tapestries. A minimum of conventional construction material was used, and all packing materials and containers were recycled or reusable.”

A growing trend is the use of flowers that are certified as being Organic or sustainably grown, like Veriflora. Such flowers are safer for the environment, for workers in the fields and floral shops, and for those of us fortunate enough to enjoy them.

According to OrganicBouquet.com, “sustainable farming techniques rely on natural systems of production, pest management, and weed and fungal control, such as: cover cropping, composting, beneficial insect release, crop rotation, and prohibited use of genetically modified organisms (GMOs). It also prohibits the use of toxic and persistent chemicals commonly found in industrial pesticides, herbicides, and fungicides. The purpose of organic agriculture is to enrich the soil, minimize damage to ecosystems, conserve biodiversity, and maintain environmental quality.”

The Veriflora™ “Certified Sustainably Grown” label ensures a commitment to sustainable crop production, ecosystem protection, resource conservation and energy efficiency, integrated waste management, fair labor practices, community benefits, and product quality.

Other, lesser-known certification programs for flowers and potted plants include “Biodynamic”, which supplements organic farming methods with homeopathic-like preparations and sprays, and “Fair Trade Certified”, which ensures that producers in poor countries get a fair price for their goods.

So the next time you want to show someone you care, why not consider giving them greener flowers. They’re easy enough to find online and also through some local shops. Another site that I particularly like is LocalHarvest.org which simplifies the process finding locally grown flowers as well as a host of other farm-raised commodities.local-harvest-flowers.jpg

Tag(s): Gift Ideas, Hazardous Products / Health Issues, The Great Green Outdoors

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