Where Do Flowers Come From?

Did you know that Mother’s Day accounts for one-fourth of the floral purchases made for holidays? More than a third (35%) of adults (37% of men; 34% of women) bought flowers or plants as gifts for Mother’s Day 2011. That sure is a lot of flower picking.

Wonder where all those pretty blooms come from?

Just like fruits and veggies, many cut flowers have pesticides. So before you put you take a deep whiff of that bouquet (or let your children do that), keep this in mind…

Most cut flowers from flowers shops in Canada and the US come from Columbia and Ecuador and, according to the Washington, DC-based International Labor Rights Forum (ILRF), an advocacy organization aimed at establishing just and humane treatment of workers around the world, workers on some flower farms in Colombia and Ecuador are regularly exposed to toxic chemicals that have been linked to respiratory problems, rashes, miscarriages, premature births, and congenital malformations.  Continue reading “Where Do Flowers Come From?”

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Are You Being Greenwashed?

The trend toward greener, healthier lifestyles has not gone unnoticed by companies, both large and small. Businesses of all types are looking for ways to promote their products and services as “green” and “environmentally friendly.”

Some of these label claims have substance behind them. For example, appliances that earn the EnergyStar designation have met standards of energy efficiency validated by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Other green label claims are less reliable.

Some of these green claims are, in fact, downright questionable. How does one assess the validity of a cleaning product with a “green” or “nature-friendly” designation? Continue reading “Are You Being Greenwashed?”

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March 2023