With Valentines Day coming up, we thought we should spread the word about the environmental impact imported roses for Valentines Day have. We wrote it all up on our blog, here are some excerpts:
First, cut roses in the US during February are almost exclusively imported from Latin America by plane because they only last 10 days with refrigeration.
Estimates of roses sold for Valentine's Day in the US range from189-215 million. At a dozen per bouquet, that's 24-28 thousand tons of CO2 emitted as a conservative estimate for the transportation of the roses for Valentine's Day.
They also use chemicals banned in the US to grow the roses in Latin America.