Your guilt-free guide to flowers this Valentine’s Day

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Your guilt-free guide to flowers this Valentine’s Day

The Conversation Special to The Weather Network The problem is that our pursuit of goodwill and affection towards humanity through the giving of cut flowers is hurting the number-one lady in all of our lives: Mother Nature. If those 217,500 bouquets were each wrapped in 75cm of plastic cellophane, that adds up to more than 163km of plastic wrapping used in a two-week period – just for roses, just in Australia. But facts about cellophane probably won’t win over your sweetheart. So with Valentine’s Day just around the corner, let’s consider making smarter, more sustainable flower purchases. Petal power In Australia alone, there are more than 900 flower farms intensively cultivating 4,470 hectares in order to supply almost 2,000 florists. However, the majority of cut flowers sold in Australia actually originate overseas, with imports from Ecuador alone valued at A$1.9 million in 2015 . If you’re asking yourself “why are delicate flowers shipped halfway around the world?” this is a great question. For a sustainable take on the floral Valentine, try a banksia bouquet. Emily Orpin/Flickr, CC BY-NC Countries near the Equator, like Ecuador, benefit from good growing conditions, including 12 hours of daylight all year round. In these […]