Want her to bury her nose in chemical-laden blooms? Bathe in a tub of pesticide residue roses? Give a bunch that somewhere, somehow is slowly mowing down farm workers?
This year, be our (Green) Valentine.
Not all flowers are created equal
Our flowers are not only safe to smell, bathe in, or even eat, these were grown with a strong commitment to preserve ecological balance. Our flowers are grown using sustainable agricultural practices including organic, biodynamic and natural farming methods. We don’t use highly toxic herbicides or pesticides to keep pests off our flowers. What do we use? Fish emulsion and milk! Even beneficial insects like ladybugs and wasps. Our flowers don’t feed on carcinogenic chemicals to live. They feast on organic matter made from cow manure, legumes, wild sunflower and farm weeds. That means no health hazards for our farm workers or our florists. That also means no toxic runoff in our groundwater or soil. No contaminated waterways. We also grow them here, in the Philippines. That means you can be assured of less carbon footprint to send your hearts’ greetings. Want another reason? They are actually more vibrant and colorful, and they last longer than their conventional counterparts.
We draw on years of experience, trying to grow our flowers biodynamically, without chemical inputs. What we give you are vibrant, beautiful and living blooms, you will be most happy and proud to give. And if you were our Valentine, you help keep harmful toxins from our soil, our environment, your family, our farm workers, and you even help us change the floral industry too. Read more about our Farm Practices.
Make this day of Love count. Send your well-meaning intentions without the toxic back-story*.
As with most monoculture agriculture, conventional flower farming makes use of a large number of dangerous chemicals including methyl bromide and methyl paratheon (chemicals deemed too toxic for use in the US or EU.) Flowers grown conventionally use a lot of herbicides, fungicides and chemical fertilizer. The only reason why you do not know these is because flowers are not edible (well, some are) and are not under strict Food and Drug standards. In fact, a study found pesticide residue in imported rose petals to be 50 times more than in food imports. Aside from the health hazards, conventional floriculture is damaging to the environment. Imagine the amount of carbon that is released from cultivation, fertilizer production, transport, or think about environmental contamination from fertilizer run-off, pesticides and fungicides. But the most toxic back-story of all is the health of farm workers. Workers in conventional flower farms are exposed to herbicides and fungicides on a daily basis and in closed spaces. Flower farm workers in Ecuador and Costa Rica suffer from respiratory problems, eye problems and skin rashes. They also show symptoms of pesticide poisoning: headache, dizziness, nausea, diarrhea, fainting and skin eruptions.
Now why would you want that in your bundle of love?