Buying sustainable flowers at an affordable price may be easier than you (or I) think. My brother Caleb gave me a call the other day from his local Costco in Chicago just to let me know he found Rainforest Alliance certified roses there and he thought I’d like to know. I’m a Costco member but not a big shopper there, not on matters of principle but because I get so overwhelmed by the size of the place! If you’re in the market for sustainable flowers, love Costco and don’t want to break the bank, then go for these eco-friendly, people-friendly beauties.
Rainforest Alliance certification ensures the flower farms (usually in South America) protect native forests, waterways and soil and that they provide healthcare, education, fair wages and safe working conditions for workers. The flower industry, especially in South America, has been found repeatedly to exploit workers so this kind of certification is fantastic. So go ahead, indulge in something pretty next time you’re at Costco. You can feel good about it. (And pick some up for me while you’re at it, would ya?)