The Ethics of Buying Flowers

The Observer | Magazine | Lucy Siegle: Is it ethical to buy cut flowers?

Funny to read a British writer saying she envies the options American consumers have to buy "ethical" flowers–I am always saying that Europeans have so many more options than we do. In fact, Fairtrade flowers are widely available in the UK, and although no certification standard is perfect, if consumers show an interest in socially and environmentally responsible flowers, more growers will want to meet the standard, and organizations like Fairtrade will have an easier time toughening up the standard without losing all the growers who have signed up.