- buy flowers which last longer. Perfect examples are amaryllis, chrysant and the flamingo flower. Narcissus, iris and tulips don’t last that long
- flowering plants or bulbs in a pot are a perfect alternative
- one or a couple of flowers can be as nice as a huge bouquet
- go for Happy Flowers. These are:
The latter is not available in Belgium. We have the Dutch Milieu Programma Sierteelt (MPS) (Environmental Program Ornamental Plant Cultivation) and the Flemish Vlaams Milieuplan Sierteelt (VMS) (Flemish Environmental Plan Ornamental Plant Cultivation). These are business-to-business labels (thus not visible for end users), which aim to reduce the impact on the environment. The growers need to register their use of herbicides, fertilizers, amount of waste en energy consumption monthly. Depending on these figures, they receiver an MPS-C, -B or –A (best) label. I’ve seen a MPS-A grower which uses organic/natural herbicides, recuperates the heath and stores it for later use. He also filters the exhaust fumes and uses the result CO2 as fertilizer for his roses. Pity that the consumer can’t see this label in order to make the right choice.