My wedding anniversary is coming up next month. Usually, I don’t receive flowers (more often a nice dinner or a bottle of wine), but if I do this year, I hope they’re roses from Costco.
Just because I’m cheap? Nope — in the latest Costco Connection newsletter, an article announces that all roses sold at Costco now are Rainforest Alliance Certified.
The article says of the certification:
The standards protect ecosystems and wildlife habitats, conserve water and soil, promote decent and safe working conditions and ensure that the farms are good neighbors to rural communities and wild lands.
This is important because cut flowers are often terrible degraders of the environment and of the humans who work with them. The carbon miles are a big problem, but the heavy pesticide usage and bad management practices have even worse effects.
In fact, part of the reason we don’t buy a lot of cut flowers at our house is that we heard, long ago, that you should not compost them because they are so laden with pesticides and herbicides. (I can’t find anything online to support this theory, though, so it might be urban myth.)
I’ll still say the best flowers come from your own organic yard … but second best are organic or rainforest-certified flowers.