Valentine’s Day: 4 tips to ensure local, seasonal and fair trade flowers

A week away from the traditional Valentine’s Day, florists are organizing to offer you the most beautiful bouquets. The most aesthetically pleasing, yes, but the most respectful of the environment, that’s less certain. So here are four valuable tips to make sure you offer local, seasonal and fair trade flowers.

Check the origin of the flowers

12 billion. This is the impressive number of cut flowers that travel hundreds or even thousands of miles each year to be sold in another country. A real environmental scourge denounced by Hugo Clément in his new research ” On the front side aired this Monday 7 February on France 5† In addition to their origin, it is also their culture that is a problem. And it is not without reason that many flowers (especially roses) are grown in Ethiopia with dangerous products that are banned in Europe (pesticides and fertilizers).

So, before satisfying your significant other, you should definitely check where your bouquet is coming from, especially since 85% of the flowers sold by florists come from abroad.

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Buy seasonal flowers

For an eco-responsible approach, choose local and seasonal flowers. Certainly, the choice will be limited, but this criterion is essential to respect the environment. If you want to offer a bouquet to your girlfriend or companion for Valentine’s Day, choose winter flowers. Leave the essential red roses that are the symbol of the celebration of couples, but also of the flower trade. Here is a non-exhaustive list of seasonal plants.

  • Mimosa
  • hellebore
  • camellia
  • Buttercup
  • Anemone
  • and so on

Moving on, here are 7 varieties to plant in winter to keep a bright and colorful garden, as well as 6 Christmas plants and flowers to color your garden and bouquets. And since bouquets of flowers are not only offered on Valentine’s Day, Bergamotte offers you its calendar of seasonal flowers.

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Adopt the “Slow Flower”

just like the fast fashion, more and more of us are campaigning against the flower trade. This is the case with the “Slow Flower” movement, which advocates the consumption of local, seasonal flowers grown in healthy, fair and environmentally friendly conditions. It is also the mission of the Collectif de la fleur française, which makes the public aware of the issue of the origin and seasonality of flowers. In particular, she lists all the actors and actresses of the “cut flower revolution” on her site. A valuable aid in making your choice.

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Make a bouquet of dried flowers

Do you want to offer ethical and sustainable flowers but the list of seasonal flowers doesn’t suit you? Don’t panic, for even more originality you can create your own composition of dried flowers. These trendy and colorful bouquets have a very long shelf life (unlike most fresh cut flowers). For this we offer you 4 steps so as not to miss your homemade bouquet.

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Here you have all the cards to offer the most beautiful and beautiful bouquets. And to go further, here are 7 simple, natural and effective tips for preserving your cut flowers.

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