Where do cut flowers come from?
Is a question you should ask more often.
A flower can look very natural and innocent. Sadly, conventional flowers leave a heavy CO2 footprint on our planet. With usage of pesticides, energy and transportations one single rose leave a huge climate imprint. A report estimates up to 3 kg CO2 per rose (Cranfield University, 2007) before it lands in your hands – your hands that will absorb the pesticides that still is on the rose from the production.
We don’t want to sound harsh or scare you (maybe just a little bit), but this is the truth that few know about or want to acknowledge. To encourage more florists and boutiques to source sustainable flowers, we want you to ask before you buy: where do the flowers come from?
The flowers we use are a mix from our own small sustainable production in Lejre, Danish organic or sustainable flower producers, foraged greens and in few occasions if there are special needs during the winter months, we source the best imported MSC certified flowers.
There is endless beauty and magic in the nature all around us – we just have to open our eyes and discover it. All year round there is texture, colour and shapes of blooming, seeding and withering plants. Why transport flowers from across the world, when we can use what is here and now?
Our inspiration comes from the flower, the grass or the branch, which are beautiful and rich when fresh and alive, but their decorative magic is when they only have their seedbuds left or when the branch has lost its leaves and reveals its bare shape.
We mostly work with dried flowers and greens and for special occasions such as weddings, photoshoots and events, we use fresh flowers, if they are in season.
Why choose sustainable
and organic flowers?
When growing flowers with organic principles, compost and organic fertilizers are used instead of pesticides and chemical fertilizers. Growing by organic principles also give us more butterflies and bees, which will pollinate the flowers and increase biodiversity. No unnecessary energy on lighting and heating of greenhouses and long transports are needed for local and sustainable flowers, plus you also know its origin.
Facts why you should choose sustainable and local flowers:
-100 kilos of pesticides are used per hectare in Holland rose production.
- The pesticides affect the health of the workers and the nature in which they are produced and it does not disappear on the way to Europe.
- A Belgian study found over 100 different pesticides on flowers in flower shops in Brussels – and an average of 10 various pesticides in a common bouquet (Toumi et al., 2016). These are the same flowers that are sold in Denmark.
A follow-up study estimates the exposure when handling conventional flowers as critical, because the pesticides can be absorbed through the skin while handling the flowers. (Toumi et al., 2017)
- Flowers grown in Africa or in greenhouses in the Netherlands leave a huge climate imprint. A report estimates up to 3 kg CO2 per rose (Cranfield University, 2007).
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