Cut Flower [ETHICS]

For our ethics brief my group was giving the subject of cut flowers. At first I was puzzled at this subject as I had never even thought that cut flowers could possibly have a negative effect on peoples ethics and the environment.

Firstly the group started to research into the subject and find as much information as possible

  • 19,000 tonnes of flowers are imported from Kenya to the UK.
  • 33,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions are produced.
  • Carbon is released from fossil fuels used in circulation, fertiliser production, refrigeration and transport, as well as the methane released from binned flowers.
  • 90% of cut flowers sold in the UK are imported mostly from Colombia or Kenya
  • 70% of cut flowers are sold to supermarket.
      • Sainsbury’s
      • Marks & Spencer
      • Tesco
      • Waitrose
  • The flower industry is bigger than the music industry.
  • The UK spends £2.2billion a year on flowers.

Flower Importation:

  • Belgium – pot plants
  • Canary Islands – roses, chrysanthemums
  • Caribbean – tropicals, foliage
  • Chile – carnations, roses
  • Colombia – standard + spray carnations, roses
  • Denmark – pot plants
  • Ecuador – carnations, roses
  • Holland – all flowers and pot plants
  • India – roses
  • Israel – roses, gypsophila, wax flower, anigozanthos, all summer flowers
  • Italy – carnations, chrysanthemums, foliage
  • Kenya – roses, carnations, spray carnations, statice
  • Malta – chrysanthemums, ‘paper white’ narcissi
  • Morocco – spray carnations
  • South Africa – proteas, strelitizia, roses, exotics
  • Spain – carnations, chrysanthemums
  • Thailand – orchids
  • Turkey – spray carnations
  • Venezuela – carnations, roses

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