Mother’s Day 2020 saw an estimated spend of £784 million on flowers averaging £22 per bunch. A staggering amount of money.
I know I haven’t considered the impact of giving flowers. It’s just been an automatic action. However, after reading a feature over the weekend, I will definitely be thinking differently.
The majority of flowers we buy in the UK are mainly flown in from Netherlands and Kenya. Equating the air miles to CO2 volumes, the feature illustrated each average bunch of flowers = 32.3kg of CO2 – compared to the air miles in giving an Australian bottle of wine at 1.4kg of CO2.
Mind boggling stats but there is something we can do.
Arena Flowers is completely plastic free and for every bunch of flowers sold they will plant a tress – http://www.arenaflowers.com.
Flowers From the Farm is a not for profit that informs you of flower growers near you – http://www.flowersfromthefarm.co.uk
Both enable flowers still to be given without such a massive impact on our environment. Now doesn’t that give a little glow for doing good in your gift giving?