Order flowers online for a Valentine in South Dakota, and your stems could travel through Florida, Ohio, Texas and Nebraska before landing on your loved one's doorstep. Some bouquets might even cross international borders.
Here's what's in the wake of those beautiful and fragrant arrangements: carbon dioxide, pesticides, and—to secure that special V-day discount—unfair labor practices.
Kind of takes the bloom off the Love Day flower tradition, doesn't it?
TakePart Headquarters did a little digging, looking for flowers we can send in good conscience. Lo-and-behold! A single site addresses all the qualms that would plague a conscientious purchaser of V-day flowers: Organic Bouquet.com.
With a dizzying number of no-harm options for tulips, roses and Oriental lillies, organicbouquet.com is a one-stop shop for floral romance.
Click on a bunch that strikes your fancy, and learn all the behind-the-petals reasons to like it, from eco-friendly practices to Fair Trade standards.
Pick a "Flowers for Good" bouquet, and 5 percent of your purchase goes to a participating charity, including the Humane Society of the United States, the Global Fund for Women, Action Against Hunger, and Physicians for Peace.
These flowers may cost more than the average online weeds (around $50 per bouquet). If that seems exorbitant, keep in mind that cheaper bunches come at a different cost—one that affects the environment, your health, and the livelihoods of farmers. And who wants all that tainting your love?