TORONTO (NEWS 1130) – Every November, millions of poppies are distributed across Canada to honour our country’s veterans, but is it time to reconsider the materials used to make the symbolic flowers?
As countries, cities and communities are finding ways to become more environmentally friendly, so is the Royal Canadian Legion.
The non-profit organization distributes 20 million poppies across Canada each year, and says they are in the initial stages of researching how to make them more eco-friendly.
“Right now the material that is used is a mix of polyester and nylon, it’s a blend. It is currently recyclable, but we are looking for other potential mixes, so perhaps a poppy that might be bio-degradable in the future,” says Nujma Bond, Communications Manager for the the Royal Canadian Legion.
“Canadians are always happy when they have an alternative, to have something that is environmentally friendly, so I’m hoping that kind of mix will be obtained in the future.”
The legion is hoping to find a solution to a greener poppy as soon as possible, but that could take a few years as it may end up changing the manufacturing process.
“It also has to be a poppy that is able to withstand the pressures of being put on and off of a person’s clothing and the other ways in which people wear them,” Bond says.