Roses are Red, Violets are Blue, Valentine’s Day can be Green for You!


According to the National Retail Federation, Americans spend about $2 million buying flowers for Valentine’s Day each year. That’s more than chocolate/candy and more than cards as well! We thought it might be worth taking a deeper look into the flower industry this Valentine’s Day; specifically, the environmental impact of those $2 million spent!

Did you know? The majority of flowers sold in the U.S. are imported from Colombia and Ecuador! The year-round warm temperatures in these countries make them ideal for flower growing. However, there are fewer regulations on chemicals and pesticides in these countries, so it is likely that the pesticides may travel back with your flowers and end up in your home!

Did you know? Importing all these flowers from overseas requires energy-consuming temperature controlled trucks and refrigerated boxes. Not to mention, these high maintenance passengers need to travel via both plane and truck to get to you, emitting thousands of metric tons of carbon dioxide on their journey.

Did you know? There IS a better way! Don’t be discouraged by these facts, there are many wonderful, environmentally friendly alternatives to cut flowers that show your loved ones you care. You can:

  • Buy native plants, an herb garden, a tree sapling, or spring bulbs.
  • Buy locally grown and in-season flowers at a farmer’s market or local flower shop.
  • Buy sustainably grown flowers by looking for sustainable, organic, or fair-trade labels when shopping.
  • Take a walk through a local garden or native plant nursery with your loved one! The Theodore Payne Foundation in Sun Valley is a wonderful spot for just that.

Show your loved ones and the Earth you care this Valentine’s Day. We want to encourage you to have not only a red Valentine’s Day, but a “green” one as well!


Comments (5)

  1. Mayra Medina
    February 1st, 2018 at 2:36 pm

    I find it rather wasteful to buy flowers that are either going to end up in the trash, or on the streets. With Valentine’s Day just around the corner I would love to see more eco-friendly ideas. Why not wild flowers on planter boxes that can be replanted, or succulents that don’t require much watering.

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      LA Stormwater
      February 1st, 2018 at 3:49 pm

      Hi Mayra: These are both excellent suggestions for alternative ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day. Thanks so much! ? Joyce

  2. Herlita Natividad
    February 1st, 2018 at 6:59 pm

    I don’t buy flowers. I actually gift my friends with succulents that I plant and/or propagate myself. Oftentimes, I plant them in bottles that I recycle such as spaghetti sauce bottles and/or coffee bottles.

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      LA Stormwater
      February 5th, 2018 at 9:31 am

      What a great idea, Herlita! Thanks so much for sharing. ? Joyce

  3. Boi Tran
    February 5th, 2018 at 10:28 am

    100% supported.
    Thank you

    Boi Tran 2/5/2018

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