The cost of a dozen red roses escalates in February. The flowers are grown in Columbia (S. America) where the women field workers are exposed to toxic chemicals. The flowers are air-freighted to the U.S., leaving a considerable carbon footprint. Roses rarely last more than a few days before fading and wilting.
What lasts longer and has a much more positive impact on a person’s life? A contribution to their Individual Retirement Account. Married couples with one income can contribute to the non-earning spouse’s Roth IRA instead of throwing money at carbon-intensive tokens that quickly wilt.
Source: Financial Planning for Women