The Beauty Brains are counting down to Feb 14th with Science of St. Valentines Day posts. It’s here!
Today is February 14th and the roses you just received are ruining our planet. Happy Valentines Day!
The Telegraph reports that Andrew Sims, policy director for Britain’s New Economics Foundation, says that flying flowers into Britain from around the world is causing an increase in greenhouse gasses, which leads to global warming.
According to figures cited in the article:
- Fresh flowers flown into Britain have traveled an average of 33,800 miles.
- The amount of flowers imported from Africa has increased 39% to 17,000 tons/year.
- Imports of roses from Ethiopia have grown from zero to 130 tons/ year since 2003.
- Britain imports more than £315 million of flowers/year.
There are no specific details on how much effect flying flowers really have on global warming, but if you’re an environmentally conscious romantic you might ask for some silk flowers instead of the real thing. Or, you could grow them at home yourself with this Indoor Hanging Flower Garden.
Do you like flowers for Valentines Day or are you more of a candy gal? Leave a comment and share your fave gifts with the rest of the Beauty Brains community.