These days, ‘green’ is in. No, I’m not talking about the color green. I’m talking eco-friendly. And, it probably wouldn’t occur to most of us that our wedding flowers may not be that green. Unfortunately, those mountains of tulips and roses found at so many modern weddings are often bad for more than just the environment.
In many cases, they are cultivated through the use of child labor. Laborers are often exposed to high levels of toxins, and the end result may be a beautiful wedding that is toxic to your wedding guests as well. Many flowers growers also create a vast carbon footprint in the cultivation of their products.
So, how do you know if your wedding flowers are ‘green?’ First of all, you can’t be afraid to ask where your wedding flowers are coming from. Find out if your wedding flowers will be grown locally or if they will be imported. The United States commonly imports flowers from countries as far away as Ecuador and Colombia.
The carbon footprint created by bringing this delicate merchandise into the country is huge. Imagine the fuel used, not only to ship the flowers here, but to also keep them at the correct temperature and humidity level required to ensure the flowers make it in perfect shape for your wedding.
The best option when choosing your wedding flowers is to buy locally and buy organic. Choosing flowers that are in season at the time of your wedding also ensures that your wedding flowers will be easily attainable and cultivated in the greenest possible manner.
Another option is to look for a florist who uses fair trade flowers. Fair Trade certified farms must adhere to strict standards for workers’ rights, which prevents the abuses suffered by many laborers in the flower trade.
Check it out
- Check out these beautiful green wedding flower arrangements on the Dream Green Weddings blog.
- Pollen, a floral design studio located in Chicago, “specializes in green weddings and eco-conscious events by offering sustainably grown flowers.” Check out the Pollen blog; they have some amazing photos!
- Eco-Friendly DIY Ideas on The Wedding Wire Blog.
- Our Pink Ribbon Plantable Wildflower Favors are both eco-friendly and cute! The ivory-lined pink ribbon is embedded with wildflower seeds that, when planted, blossom into a glorious garden of brightly colored wildflowers your guests are sure to enjoy.