In a perfect world, there would always be flowers blooming outside my window. Unfortunately, the ground is frozen and there is not a bud to be found, not even at my farmers' market. If local, seasonal flowers aren't an option, Whole Living Magazine suggests you look for these green labels when you want to freshen up your apartment or send some flowers home to mom.
• Fair Trade Certified This label means the flowers come from sustainable farms that provide fair wages and safe, clean conditions for workers and also help fund community development projects.
• USDA Organic Certified No synthetic pesticides or fertilizers are used at any time during the growing process.
• Veriflora A third party (Scientific Certification Systems) has determined that both the workers and the natural resources are protected during production.
• Rainforest Alliance Certified The green frog seal means that the farm follows Sustainable Agriculture Network standards for limiting pesticides and providing access to health care and education to workers and their families.
(Image: Liz Vidyarthi. Originally published 2010-07-15)