Organic Bouquet Will Save Your Ass (While Giving to Charity!)
The Sustainable Scoop
I suppose I should have written about this earlier, but if you're like me, you are a serial procrastinator. That said, you're probably looking for a good solution to your last-minute Valentine's Day gift search. Sure, drugstores across the nation are promoting their endless aisles of sub-par chocolates and knick-knacks wrapped in varying shades of pink and red packaging. But is that really the most sustainable way to tell your loved one that, well, you love them?
Enter Organic Bouquet. Jenni has written about this company before, and I want to point out a few other great things about this company. For one, you can get two bouquets of Veriflora-certified red roses for the price of one, delivered by tomorrow. I don't know what the shipping would cost, since I didn't go that far in the company's store, but if you're a last-minute gift buyer, you're probably prepared to shell out a little extra dough for overnight delivery. You can also ship some organic chocolates along with the roses, saving you even more time. The chocolates are made for Organic Bouquet by Lillie Belle Farms, who use organic ingredients and source their chocolate from fair-trade sources. The Velvet Heart Chocolates would be an obvious choice, but I'd be more inclined to go for the Berry Infused Chocolates; these chocolates are filled with organic berries that are farmed by Lillie Belle, and they sound divine.
In addition to supporting organic agriculture, your Valentine's Day purchase can do much more: you can choose a bouquet of organic flowers that are associated with a charity. For example, for the same price as those two dozen red roses, you can send your beloved a beautiful bouquet of red Freedom Roses and 10% of your purchase will go to the Rosa Parks Foundation. Most of these charitable bouquets will give 5% to their associated charity, and you can choose from organizations like the Humane Society (yellow roses), Heifer International (peach roses), the Jane Goodall Institute (calla lilies), and several others.
But why should you pay for organic flowers, you ask? You're not going to eat them, after all, so what's the big deal? Well, the conventional flower industry is huge, and they use amazing amounts of pesticides. Besides causing harm to the environment, this heavy pesticide use causes illness and poisoning among the people who work in these greenhouses. Here are some facts on pesticide use, taken from the Organic Bouquet's Fast Facts section:
- Seventy percent of all flowers sold in the United States are grown in Colombia and Ecuador (US Department of Agriculture)
- Worker exposure to pesticides is of particular concern in greenhouses, where up to 127 different chemicals are used in enclosed spaces - increasing risk of exposure through the skin and by inhalation. (Environmental Health Perspectives 2002)
- According to one study, some flower greenhouses in Mexico use 36 different pesticides. (Environmental Health Perspectives 2002)
- In Ecuador, nearly 60 percent of floral workers surveyed showed poisoning symptoms, including headaches, dizziness, hand-trembling and blurred vision. (Environmental Health Perspectives 2002)
- Each rose grower in Ecuador on average uses three poisons to kill worms, four to kill insects and six for fungi, including several that are tightly restricted in the United States because of their threat to human health. (National Wildlife Federation's National Wildlife Feb/March 2005)
As you can see, the decision to purchase organic flowers doesn't just affect you and your loved one, it affects the workers who spend their days in the greenhouses where the flowers are grown. This is why I love Organic Bouquet so much: When you buy their flowers, you're supporting organic agriculture, you're protecting the workers who produce the flowers by keeping chemicals out of their work environments, and, if you choose one of the charitable bouquets, you're also supporting a charity of your choosing. Plus, the quality of their flowers is great, and they're beautiful.
Your honey deserves the best this Valentine's Day, and Organic Bouquet represents the best of everything. Now, just make sure you place your order pronto, and you'll be in the clear.
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