Hope you’re doing well, better than us at least. One of us has COVID and the other has the flu 🤒. So, this week’s article is going to be a bit shorter so we can get back to resting 😴.
Mother’s Day is around the corner, and we wanted to dedicate this post to all the moms out there who are really doing the most without expecting anything in return. Moms are badass. But, we want to recognize that Mother’s Day is difficult for lots of people, and we send our love 💕.
Giving Flowers Isn’t Always Rosy
The US spends a whopping $5B annually on flowers — 80% of flowers are imported (93% of which are grown in Colombia or Ecuador). This transportation contributes to carbon emissions and more resources are required to keep the flowers fresher longer. On top of that, farmers use pesticides and there is no limit to how much pesticides can be used on flowers. The residue that remains can be toxic for the employees that handle the flowers and the receiver.
The best rule of thumb for buying sustainable flowers is to shop local. If not local, then at least flowers grown within the United States!
Here’s some brands that offer sustainable stems:
Other Sustainable Gifts We Love
If you’re looking for unique gifts that are also sustainable, we’ve curated a list:
Cork hanging planters for the mom that has (or wants) a green thumb
Blooming lollipops: after finishing the lolly, plant the stick! Literal nature’s candy
Pela phone case (compostable phone case)
Allbirds (sneakers made from materials like eucalyptus and recycled water bottles)
Candles from Slow Made
Vegan leather accessories and bags from Samara
That’s all for this week folks! Take care :)
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Get well soon😁