Most of the flowers given as gifts in the UK come from workers in developing countries who have risked their health for unsafe, insecure jobs. Supermarkets sell 70% of all the flowers bought in the UK - the highest proportion in Europe.
Marks & Spencer, Tesco, Waitrose and Sainsbury's have enormous influence over flower producers and ultimately the health and safety of workers. Colombians and Kenyans producing flowers for the UK face low wages, health problems and miscarriages through exposure to pesticides.
Although more of us are aware of this Fairtrade flowers can still be hard to find. There are a couple of places that you can order them online quickly and easily for delivery. John Lewis now do a range of fairtrade flowers which you can find here.
So whether its for Mother’s Day, Father's Day, a birthday or a celebration of any kind, make your flowers fair.
Click here to browse John Lewis' range of flowers.