Key data: Fairtrade flowers and plants

Here are the latest available figures on Fairtrade flowers and plants. Read more about flowers on our product page.

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17936 Flower Worker Bundling Roses Kenya 870
Workers in the grading hall of the Fairtrade Harvest Limited Athi River flower farm. They defoliate, size, bunch, and pack the bouquets.
Image © Nathalie Bertrams
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Study: Fairtrade roses from Kenya have lower emissions and energy use than Dutch roses

Fairtrade and the Migros-Genossenschafts Bund (MGB) in Switzerland commissioned a life-cycle analysis to understand the environmental impacts of cut roses from different origins destined for the Swiss market. The study looked at conventional and Fairtrade cut rose production in Kenya, conventional and ecologically produced roses from the Netherlands, and – to a lesser extent – Fairtrade roses from Ecuador.

Researchers found that cut roses imported into the EU from Kenyan growers generated the lowest environmental impact. Greenhouse gas emissions were 5.5 times lower and production required 6.5 times less energy than that their Dutch counterparts. Read more.

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