Buying locally grown flowers, why it matters & the impact
Most, if not all, flowers in a flower shops & grocery stores are being shipped from overseas. Because consumers demand flowers that are out of season but growing elsewhere. Causing a huge environmental footprint, everything from the water used to grow, to the transportation.
The flower and plant industry is an important source of hundreds of thousands of jobs in lower income countries, yet most flower workers work long hours under hazardous conditions, are poorly paid (with either no or a wholly inadequate minimum wages), and do not even receive their basic rights. Little natures always looks to buy locally first and rarely outsources. Any flowers that we do order from overseas are "fair-trade" certified & where, sustainable & eco-friendly growing practices are utilized.
Flower shops are pressured to sell flowers in the early stages of their growth to look as "fresh" as possible. This causes loads of waste, as florists are pressured to throw out flowers early. Rather than letting flowers reach all stages of their natural growth. Thus, buying more to stock, creating a vicious cycle of waste to meet demand. This is why dried flowers are so important! Little natures is giving multiple lives to fresh flowers! We rarely chuck out anything. Check out our shop or social media to see how we recycle flowers.
Buying locally grown flowers means you are supporting local business which then circulates money in your community.
Buying locally grown flowers is good for your natural environment. By buying from local growers you support their business, which in turn stimulates their growth and expansion. This means more flowers for the bees, butterflies, hummingbirds and other flower-loving wildlife. These same creatures directly impact our ability to grow the food that we eat. More green & natural spaces has been shown to improve the effects of climate change, particularly in urban environments like London.