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Organic Flowers Pass the Eco-Friendly Sniff Test

By Kathy Ehrich Dowd | Monday, February 15, 2010 3:27 PM ET

Consider buying your sweetie an organic bouquet — to show you care about the Earth, too.

flowers.jpgIf having your beloved breathe in a bouquet of pesticide-infused  flowers doesn't exactly sound romantic, then keep reading.

Organic flowers are growing in popularity, and buying them is easier — and cheaper — than you think.

According to the Long Island Press, Organic Bouquet, an online retailer, carries VeriFlora-certified arrangements. Not sure what that means? In short, it's a label applied to flowers that meet national standards for sustainability, while ensuring a safe workplace for the farmers who grow them.

Valentine's Day may be over now, but Organic Bouquet has tons of flowers to choose from and can accommodate last-minute orders. There are a bunch of arrangements under $50. Plus, if flowers aren't really your thing you can choose organic chocolates or Earth-friendly bath products.

Need an extra incentive to visit Organic Bouquet online? Check out the Flowers for Good section of the site. Each bouquet listed corresponds with a specific charity — like Amnesty International, The Nature Conservancy or the American Lung Association — and if you buy the bouquet here, 5 percent of your purchase aids one of these worthy organizations.

Organic Bouquet isn't the only place to buy organic flowers for your sweetie. California Organic Flowers sold out for Valentine's Day, but generally ships priority overnight to anywhere in the continental US. Diamond Organics also boasts tons of flowers grown exclusively in California and Hawaii, as well as other eco-friendly goodies like organic beer and wine.

So now that Valentine's Day has passed, when you get the urge to send your loved ones some flowers, consider going organic. The earth — and your sweetie's nose — will thank you.

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Sustainable Flowers Make The Perfect Gift For All Occasions

Organic Bouquet is the largest online provider of eco-friendly and organic floral gifts. All of our flowers are grown in a manner that is not only environmentally friendly but also provides outstanding resources for farm workers and artisans. Organic Bouquet partners with select flower farms in California, Ecuador and Colombia. All of our flower farms follow stringent growing practices which are monitored by multiple certification agencies and associations. When you purchase flowers from Organic Bouquet, you are helping to improve the life of a flower farm worker, their family and the local floral community.

Our eco-friendly flower arrangements include roses, calla lilies, tulips, gerbera daisies, hyacinths, sunflowers, alstromeria lilies and blue iris. In addition to a complete line of flower arrangements, we offer gift baskets, fruit baskets, nut baskets, gourmet chocolates, gourmet cookies, plants and  wreaths. All of these products are certified eco-friendly and/or provide for environmental benefits through our participation in Carbon Offset programs.

Whatever the occasion, our flowers make the perfect gift- birthday celebration flowers, anniversary flowers, holiday flowers, or floral arrangements simply to say thank you. Sending flowers from Organic Bouquet says that you care not only about the person receiving the flowers, but also about the environment. All of our gift items are shipped nationwide to all 50 states. So whether you need to send flowers to Florida, New York, California, or Colorado, we can guarantee overnight delivery to ensure they arrive fresh and ready to put a smile on someone’s face.

Whether you are purchasing online, or through one of our customer service specialists, you can be assured you are ordering the freshest quality of flowers and environmentally friendly gifts.