Is the Alstroemeria grown organically?
Biological pest control is a frequently used alternative among our growers. This news item explains how this works. The greenhouse temperature at which Alstroemerias are grown is much lower than that commonly used for other flowers. The variety is also hardly susceptible disease, so little plant protection is needed in comparison to other cut flowers.
How can I see that Alstroemerias are sustainable?
Sustainability is a flexible concept. It’s about the choices you want to make. Is a very long vase life a criterion of sustainability for you? As there is less loss and less need for replacement it is an efficient variety. Or do you attach importance to sustainability in the cultivation process? The greenhouse temperature at which Alstroemerias are grown is much lower than that commonly used for other flowers. Are you of the opinion that sustainability equates the use of as few pesticides as possible? Here too, the Alstroemeria scores high marks, as it is hardly susceptible to diseases, precluding other types of pest and disease control.
Did you know that there are already growers affiliated with every.alstroemeria who have calculated the environmental footprint of their flowers? You can request this information at email@example.com.
Why is there a plastic sleeve around my flowers?
Making sustainable choices does not necessarily mean banning plastic. One of the main reasons why we use plastic sleeves is to protect the flowers. Flowers just aren’t always handled with the utmost care during transport from the grower to the florist. If you try to find alternatives for those plastic sleeves, it turns out that many biodegradable types of sleeves cannot be processed properly at all. In the waste systems of the country of origin – which is largely the Netherlands in our case – the material is incinerated, which results in much higher CO2 emissions than plastic, including recycled plastic. That is why – for the time being – we are still opting for the best protection with plastic sleeves.
However, we are trying to reduce their size, so that a lot less plastic is needed in the end, without losing their protective function. Several growers are also conducting tests with paper sleeves.