Pittsburgh's Local, Sustainable Florist
greenSinner brings you local, sustainable cut flowers and plants. We love fresh flowers (don’t you?), but we don’t love that they come from Ecuador drenched in chemicals (yuck). We’re trying to make the world — our world and yours — a little greener and a little more beautiful.
We grow flowers right here in western Pennsylvania and source as many materials and plants as we can in a 500-mile radius. Not only is it better for the environment, but you also get fresher flowers and more local and unusual varieties. Read more about why we focus on local flowers.
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Why Local Flowers?
In the past decade or so buying local food has become mainstream: we’ve really started to care about food being produced locally and sustainably to protect our environment, improve our health, and support local producers. Do we need to care about where our flowers come from, too?
At greenSinner, we think so. Local, sustainably grown flowers are better for a number of reasons:
- Better for the environment. Most flowers you buy in the grocery store or at the florist shop are grown in South America, drenched in chemical preservatives, and shipped under refrigeration halfway around the world. All that takes a lot of energy and a lot of chemicals to make sure the flowers last long enough to use by the time they arrive. With local flowers, they can get to us quickly while fresh — with little or no chemicals and refrigeration. And flowers have a variety of advantages as agricultural crops: since we’re not eating them, they make a great way to remediate contaminated soils in urban areas where growing food would be challenging; and they encourage biodiversity of plants and insects.
- Supporting local producers. Locally grown flowers help support the local economy and encourage small and beginning farmers with high-value, diverse crops. Since they’re sourced locally, there are fewer middlemen, which is generally a better deal for both the farmer and the consumer. And it creates local, green jobs.
- Fresh, diverse range of products. Local flowers are naturally fresher. They come straight from the farm to store or florist, instead of sitting in boxes on airplanes and ships for days and weeks. Additionally, there are a whole variety of types of flowers that just aren’t suited to the global, long-distance flower trade — they just don’t hold up well enough in all that shipping. Local flowers can provide varieties that are hard to find otherwise.