Valentine favourite wilts under green concerns

PUBLISHED : Monday, 11 February, 2008, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 11 February, 2008, 12:00am

Fresh flowers might not be the best Valentine's Day gift for your sweetheart, a survey has found.

Fifty-two per cent of women said it did not matter whether they received flowers or not on Valentine's Day, the survey by environmental group Green Sense found.

About 15 per cent of women preferred their partners not to give them flowers, while 8 per cent absolutely did not want them.

The survey polled 255 women and 130 men aged between 15 and 59 early this month.

The green group's project officer, Lo Ying-chi, said many flowers sold in Hong Kong came from overseas and were flown in, resulting in greenhouse-gas emissions.

The survey also found that while 69 per cent of men thought their lovers would like to have flowers on Valentine's Day, only 25 per cent of the women interviewed said they liked receiving flowers.

Of the men who believed their sweethearts would like to have flowers for Valentine's Day, 54 per cent said it was because giving flowers was an expression of love and 24 per cent said it was because of peer pressure.

But of the female respondents who preferred not to have flowers or did not mind receiving them, 30 per cent said it was because they found them impractical and 29 per cent cited their high price.

A whopping 92 per cent of the women said flowers could be replaced with other gifts such as chocolates or even a proposal.

Ms Lo said lovers could consider potted plants because they lasted longer and were environmentally friendly. 'Fresh flowers will wither quickly and be dumped into waste bins along with their wrappers.'

Gabrielle Ho Ka-po, the group's project manager, said: 'Sometimes just simply saying, 'I love you', can win her heart. Love letters, greeting cards and singing love songs are also good ways of showing your love.'