Monday, February 14, 2011

Kind Flowers - Valentine's Day for the Socially Conscious Lovers

♥ Happy Valentine's Day! ♥

Sending your Valentine flowers is a sweet way to express love and appreciation on Valentine's Day. The most thoughtful gift of all is a bouquet without BLOOD on it.

Did you know that most flowers available from the large florist companies are purchased from third world countries who "employ" women and children and pay substandard wages? In some cases these female workers are abused and even raped and severely mistreated. Personally, I prefer potted flowers that I can keep alive!
However, giving bouquets has become a tradition.
Websites like Fair Trade Resource Network and Rainforest Alliance provide links to valuable information for you to make an informed decision about where to buy your flowers.

A flower is truly beautiful only if pain and abuse was not involved in the trade. Another option is to find a local farm in your area where you can purchase your flowers and know that the workers are treated fairly.

Question Everything! Be informed consumers. Your dollars make a vote each time you spend them! I vote to ensure women and children around the world are treated fairly and earn a decent living. How are you spending your dollars?

♥ Peace and Love this Valentine's Day ♥

2 comments:

Hayley Marie Norman said...

Thank you so much for this Karinna!!! It totally opened my eyes and I've shared the article with a bunch of people. You are amazing!!! xo, Hayley

KarinnaZ said...

Thank you, Hayley! Your passion for kindness and uncovering truths is so awesome. I appreciate you for your undying fight to defend those who have no voice. People like us ARE the voice. xoxo K

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