What Happens to Extra Valentine's Day Flowers?

Jacquie Cadorette
February 16, 2020 - 8:21 am

The flower business really blooms in February when Valentine’s Day comes around with a few thousand tons of flowers flown into the US for buyers to snatch up. But what happens to the flowers that don’t get purchased?

There are a few ways that flowers can become a thing of the past, a few of which options are rather sustainable. According to CNN, 12,600 tons of flowers grown in Colombia and Ecuador were flown into the US, Australia, and Europe for the special day. That’s a lot of blooms.

Surely, not all of them were purchased. And even the ones that were bought will probably end up dying on kitchen counters everywhere. Here are some of the ways these flowers can be sustainably ditched:

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