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Find Your Green Thumb

Wedding flowers are symbolic of the natural world. So where better to make eco-friendly decisions? Think about pesticides and investigate the origins of flowers that you're interested in to see if they were grown in an environmentally unfriendly way. Also, using cut flowers results in a lot of floral waste. Talk to your florist about conserving: maybe you could share the bulk of the blooms with another party. More ideas:

Buy Organic Blooms

Pesticide-free petals show off a flower's natural beauty. "Conventionally grown roses are so genetically engineered that they don't even smell like roses anymore, so they are sprayed with an artificial scent," says Seo. "Organic roses smell how they should smell." If you can't find a local florist who can track down organic flowers, check out for a wide array of sustainably grown blooms.

Pot Your Pieces

For centerpieces and other decor elements, use potted flowers, plants, or even small trees, which can later be transplanted to your garden or yard. Ideas we love: placing potted trees strung with lights around the dance floor, or hanging escort cards from the branches of a flowering bush such as hibiscus.

Use a Flower-free Bouquet

What's trendy? Having your bridesmaids carry gorgeous fans for a Spanish-inspired affair, or silk boxes or purses filled with jeweled blooms. Look into using silk flowers too. Though sometimes more expensive, the arrangement will last forever and makes a great keepsake for your bridesmaids.

Plant a Tree

Giving back isn't limited to the wedding day. When you return home from your honeymoon, plant a tree in your backyard or the neighborhood where you got married (get permission first!). The best part? You can track how old the tree is by your anniversary. For favors, make a donation in your guests' names to an organization that plants trees, such as

Support Local Nurseries

Your goal: locally grown, seasonal blooms. Talk to your florist about what flowers fall in this category to choose from. You can fill in with herbs, greenery, and berries provided by local nurseries.

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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.