Why Fair Trade and Organic Flowers?

Most of the flowers bought in the United States come from countries such as Columbia and Ecuador, which have lower environmental and labor standards. Flower farm workers in these countries often are paid low wages and work in dangerous and unhealthy conditions.

Many hazardous chemicals are used in flower production including some pesticides, herbicides, and fungicides that are banned in the United States. Imported flowers may have up to 100 times the pesticide residues of food imported from the same country. Even though we don't eat the flowers, these chemicals are still dangerous. Many farm workers and florists get sick from exposure to the toxic chemicals used on flowers. After working with these pesticide-laden flowers for many years, I have become very sensitive to them.

So there are many reasons to seek out fair trade and organic flowers. It benefits the environment, flower farm workers, florists, and flower buyers.

Fair Trade Flowers and Products

Coffee, sugar and chocolate are products you most often see labeled fair-trade. But there has been a growing presence of fair trade flowers in the past few years. There are now several fair trade flower labeling programs around the world. Although fairly trade flowers are not strictly organic, there are regulations on the use of chemicals and an emphasis on sustainable farming practices. The working conditions for workers at fair-trade-certified farms are also improved.

Whenever possible, Molly's Gardens uses organic flowers from local growers. We also purchase flowers from growers around the world who support fair labor and sustainable agriculture

Containers and Wrapping Materials

Our commitment to fair trade and the environment extends to the containers and packaging we use. We strive to use only containers that are reused and reusable. To compliment the flowers, we favor fair trade baskets, glass or ceramic vases, and other one-of-a-kind or vintage containers. We finish our floral arrangements by wrapping them attactively in reusable, recycled, or reused materials.