Gallery: 100 million roses grown for Valentine’s Day produce 9,000 metr...

 
If you want to get flowers for your other half, we'd like to recommend greener alternatives such as VeriFlora, which sources its flowers locally. Or why even bother with flowers? Why not for something even greener like a pedal-powered washing machine?

Roses may be red, but they’re definitely not green according to research from Scientific American. As millions of partners exchange bunches of red roses in the run up to Valentine’s Day, they may want to consider that the traditional flower of love has an environmental impact worse than most other crops. In fact, according to environmental flower site Flowerpetal.com, the 100 million roses grown for a typical Valentine’s Day in the US produce some 9,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions.

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