Today I've mainly been thinking about flowers. Flowers for events that is. We buy a lot of flowers and foliage for client events and it's only recently that I've started to think about the environmental impact of growing and transporting flowers, and the human impact of sourcing. It makes for quite sobering reading and I'd recommend doing a bit of research next time you're asked to dress a venue.
3 things you need to know now about where your flowers are from. The UK flower industry can be pretty bad for the planet In many ways. You probably knew that pesticides and herbicides are pretty deleterious for the ecosystem. Add to that the draining of water tables to feed flower farms, and the impact of freighting them in from all corners of the globe. Think those lovely irises were grown in English meadows? More likely Ecuador, Colombia or Israel. Some 90% of flowers we buy will be imported from overseas. Even sourcing a little closer to home doesn’t help. Flowers raised in Dutch greenhouses have 5 times the carbon footprint of those flown in from Kenya. 5 times, wow.