Beautiful bouquets of flowers from the florist come wrapped in single-use plastic; is there an alternative?
I have often wondered what a young woman thinks when she is given a bouquet of flowers wrapped in newsprint, or brown paper that one sees occasionally at the florist or supermarket. The contrast between the beautiful blooms and the envelope is striking, making a statement. Most would think it ugly.
Does she think that he’s cheap? He simply cannot afford a decent bouquet. Or is she contemplating that when she says “I do” she is always going to be getting second best? It is definitely time to start looking for someone who thinks more highly of her.
Or, does she think, he’s trying to save money, so they will have their own home that much sooner? Does she dare ask if he has started a sinking-fund that the savings on the bouquet goes into? Warren Buffet would approve; that is how he started out in life.
Perhaps she is wondering if it reveals a real worry about the environment. Is he concerned about leaving behind a pristine world for the children they will bear?
A gift of flowers is without equal, even if it lasts only for a few days; the scent of a rose, the beauty of a queen protea or even a bunch of poppies is something so special. Yet it all comes at a price.
Firstly, the flowers are usually wrapped in pretty paper, and then another of cellophane; numerous rubber bands hold the bouquet together. Inside will likely be tucked a little sachet of plant food in a single-use plastic bag. They all go to the New England Rd dump, ripe for the next fire that will cover the city in a dense cloud of toxic fumes.
Those trimmings one suspects costs nearly as much as the flowers. Whether the seller passes on the savings for a bouquet wrapped in newspaper, I really wouldn’t know. I hope so.
Is it time for us to rethink our attitude to the flimsy jackets that not only flowers come in? To shun them in favour of bouquets and presents wrapped in newspaper? In fact the glossy adverts that come with the daily rag would be just fine to package them.
Give someone close to you a bunch of flowers today; just make sure it is not wrapped in plastic. Better still do some forest bathing; take a walk in the garden and pick out the blooms yourself.
I often boast that I must be the only man in the whole world who gets fresh roses every working day of the year in my office. Well, sometimes they are poppies, or another posy. I know how much I’m appreciated and valued.
Incidentally, have you read Flowers for Mrs Harris, and Love of a Rose? Those are two literary gems just as magnificent as any bouquet; they enthralled me.
Beautiful bouquets of flowers mean single-use plastic for the landfill and yet more misery for the planet.
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