The focus is mainly always on making Christmas a more sustainable holiday but Valentine’s is also a widely celebrated holiday. In America, more than 124 million adults celebrate Valentine’s alone. Add all the European romantics and we’re left with billions of discarded greeting cards, chocolate boxes, wrapping paper and roses.
Valentine’s is all about celebrating love so let’s spread it a bit further and make it an #ecovalentine.
The billions of cards that are sent to our better halves add to deforestation and most end up sitting in our landfills. You should choose to either buy a greeting card made from recycled paper or you could opt to take the romance level up a notch and create your own card using recycled materials. Going digital and sending an e-card is also a super alternative.
Bouquets of roses and flowers pretty much go hand in hand with Valentine’s. The thing is that these only last up to a week and are then thrown away which brings us to our next recommendation – Why not give your partner something that will last longer? A herb plant would be an ideal and romantic gift if you enjoy cooking together.
If plants aren’t your thing and you would still rather give your partner flowers then visit your local farmers market and see what’s in season. Support local and get a better deal all at once!
Chocolates & Wine
When choosing your wine – be sure to choose a bottle of organic vino and check that the cork is made from sustainable materials instead of plastic!
With regards to chocolate, buy your partner chocs with the least amount of plastic wrapping or packaging. Opt for Fair Trade chocolate and consider dark chocolate for its health benefits!
If cooking is your thing then definitely prepare a romantic meal for your partner at home. Visit your local farmers market and buy foods that are in season and available. However, if you would rather avoid starting a fire in your kitchen (again!) – do dine out but be sure to try and reduce food waste by taking your leftovers home!
This year, don’t go for the traditional soft toy or heart-shaped cushion – be creative and look into some eco-friendly gift ideas. Our reusable veggiebags make the perfect gift and are even made from recycled plastic!
Remember not to wrap your presents in non-recyclable material, opt for brown paper and draw on some red dots to add the red touch.
Happy Valentine’s to all. Be sure to give our Earth the love it deserves all year round.