ENVIRONMENT IMPACT OF CERTIFICATION
Sustainably-Certified farms must reduce the environmental impact of cut flower farming by encouraging growers to implement efficient and sustainable farming techniques focused on reducing pesticide use, conserving water, and sustaining healthy ecosystems. Certified farms must implement pest control practices that minimize environmental harm, including avoiding the use of banned chemicals and reducing the use of dangerous chemical product through alternative pest control and fertilization practices. Farms are also encouraged to conserve natural resources by implementing water efficient irrigation technologies, monitoring and optimizing water usage, and implementing other environmentally-sustainable practices around energy use, greenhouse gas reduction, and product packaging. Finally, certified farms are encouraged to take steps to protect wildlife and habitat; provide safe storage, handling, and disposal of chemicals; and recycle or compost waste when possible.