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Sustainable shopping: your guilt-free guide to flowers this Valentine’s Day


Lavers, J and Kerslake, F, Sustainable shopping: your guilt-free guide to flowers this Valentine's Day, The Conversation, The Conversation Media Group Ltd, Australia, 9 February 2018 (2018) [Newspaper Article]

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Valentine’s Day means saying it with flowers. Last year Australians imported more than 5.22 million rose stems between February 1 and 14, mostly from Kenya. Assuming typical bouquets of 24 roses, that’s 217,500 bouquets sold in two weeks.

The problem is that our pursuit of goodwill and affection towards humanity through the giving of cut flowers is hurting the number-one lady in all of our lives: Mother Nature. If those 217,500 bouquets were each wrapped in 75cm of plastic cellophane, that adds up to more than 163km of plastic wrapping used in a two-week period – just for roses, just in Australia.

But facts about cellophane probably won’t win over your sweetheart. So with Valentine’s Day just around the corner, let’s consider making smarter, more sustainable flower purchases.

Item Details

Item Type:Newspaper Article
Keywords:sustainability, floriculture
Research Division:Environmental Sciences
Research Group:Environmental management
Research Field:Environmental education and extension
Objective Division:Plant Production and Plant Primary Products
Objective Group:Environmentally sustainable plant production
Objective Field:Environmentally sustainable plant production not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Lavers, J (Dr Jennifer Lavers)
UTAS Author:Kerslake, F (Dr Fiona Kerslake)
ID Code:136566
Year Published:2018
Deposited By:TIA - Research Institute
Deposited On:2020-01-08
Last Modified:2020-04-03

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