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We’re right in the middle of some of the busiest seasons for LA florists and flower sellers.  Valentine’s Day may have come and gone, but Mother’s Day will be here soon.  As one of the top providers of Los Angeles wholesale roses, we know that it’s easy to get caught up in the holiday hustle and bustle.  You’re trying to make sure your clients have the perfect arrangements to give their loved ones or for their special events.  You might not be thinking about where those roses are coming from, but it’s even more important to pay attention this time of year because with higher demand comes a greater chance of the flower industry taking advantage of their workers.

The UK’s Daily Mirror recently took an in-depth look at where their country’s roses were coming from.  Even though their findings were upsetting, they unfortunately aren’t all that uncommon in the cut flower industry.  They focused on Kenya, which became a hotspot for rose production in the 1970s because of its warm climate and available fresh water.   The cut flower industry flourished in Kenya, but often profits were made at the expense of its workers.

The Daily Mirror found that on the Kenyan farm of one of Britain’s biggest suppliers of wholesale roses, workers were being paid barely £1 a day or about $1.68 US.  When you think that a dozen roses cost about £20 in the UK, that’s more than these workers make in two weeks.  These Kenyans were working 10 hours days with only one short break for lunch, six days a week, in scorching hot conditions.  The output that is expected of them, especially around this time of year, is staggering.  They’ll snip up to 8,000 roses per hour.

The families are living in single-room homes built specifically for flower industry workers with as many as five people crammed into one tiny apartment.  In addition, hundreds of families could be sharing one communal toilet.  To make matters worse, these workers are exposed to dangerous chemicals on a daily basis, suffering from rashes and breathing issues and without making enough money to seek proper medical attention.

Despite all this, some of these farms still carry FairTrade banners in many UK shops.   Kenyan lawmakers are taking steps to fix this crisis, and by the end of the year intend to nearly double the mandatory wage for cut flower workers.  It’s all a reminder to be conscious of where your roses come from.  You don’t want a rose’s beauty to be tarnished by a legacy of injustice.

Los Angeles Fair Trade Rose Through Flowerlink

Flowerlink knows the hardships that workers in the cut flower industry face on a daily basis.  It’s why we make sure we adhere to the strictest international social and environmental standards.  If you want to learn more about the origins of the roses provided by Flowerlink or how you can bring them to your shop or event, please contact us.

Source. DailyMirror, ‘http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/world-news/cost-valentines-rose—poor-3139390,’ Tom Parry, February 13, 2014.
Photo Credit: http://developmentdiaries.com/kenyas-flower-farms-no-bed-of-roses/

Florists, supermarkets, and event planners throughout Southern California have chosen Flowerlink to be their provider of Los Angeles wholesale roses for a number of reasons.  Beyond their beauty and longevity, our roses are grown under the strictest social and environmental standards.  We believe that the world’s best roses can be grown without damaging the earth that helps them flourish.

As a consumer, making sure your roses are produced in an environmentally-friendly manner is hopefully as important to you as it is to us.  If it is, here are a few sustainable practices you can look for when choosing Los Angeles wholesale roses:

  • Biodegradable packaging and bulb crates made from recycled materials.
  • Using passive heating and cooling techniques which rely on ventilation and heat curtains as opposed to electric infrastructure to reduce energy usage.
  • Any method of pest management that is designed to only target “bad” bugs.  Often this is best accomplished by ‘Integrated Pest Management’ where “good” bugs are introduced to eat more destructive insects.
  • Composting and mulching of rose clippings and other leftover harvest materials.
  • Soil preparation that utilizes steam cleaning to eliminate weeds and harmful bacteria as opposed to dangerous chemicals.
  • Hydroponic systems that re-circulate water as opposed to wasteful runoff.

These are just a few of the ways that rose growers can produce their flowers in a natural, earth-friendly way that doesn’t harm the environment.  Be sure to do your research when choosing a rose provider to meet your needs.

Sustainable Wholesale Roses Through Flowerlink!

At Flowerlink, we pride ourselves on our sustainable practices and environmentally-friendly rose production.  That’s why we carry the seal of internationally renowned organizations that ensure that our roses meet fair trade standards.

If you’d like to know more about the roses that are grown on Flowerlink’s farms in Ecuador and how they can be brought to you in less than three days after being cut, contact us today.

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