5 Ways to Celebrate Valentine’s Day Sustainably
Valentine’s Day may be known as a Hallmark holiday, but at the heart of it, it’s a happy occasion to celebrate the people we love most in our lives. This year, make sure to show you care not only about your Valentine, but also about the world they live in with these sustainable gifts:
1. Love Note to Go
Source: Oh Happy DaySome say the fastest way to one’s heart is through their stomach, but we’d argue that coffee is almost as effective as food. Just make sure you serve it up fair-trade and in a reusable cup!
2. UTC Gift Box
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3. Recycled Paper Card
Source: PinterestTop your gift off with a homemade (recycled) paper card. (The Census Bureau estimates that 180 million cards are sent every Feb 14th (source) and that doesn’t account for cards exchanged in person or classrooms. That’s a lot of paper!) Using old magazine cut outs or wrapping paper is not only an easy hack if you lack drawing skills, it’s also a good way to help reduce waste. Plus, nothing says thoughtful like homemade.
4. Local, organic flowers
Source: PinterestRoses are red. Violets are blue. Nothing says I love you like local and organic too. [wink emoji] Seriously, though, over 180 million roses are sold each Valentine’s Day (source), most of which are not organic and travel many miles to their final destination. Make sure to give flowers that are beautiful inside and out by shopping local and organic. If you can’t find a local option, Farm Girl Flowers, which delivers Nation Wide, is committed to waste-reduction and ethical sourcing.
5. Your Place or Mine?
Source: PinterestCrack open a cook book, pour a glass of wine, and turn on the tunes. Staying in is the new going out in our opinion, and it is much less energy intensive. In fact, a study published in Lucky Peach reveals that restaurant dining can produce anywhere from 13% to 300% more greenhouse gas emissions than cooking the same meal at home. In other words, your honey and the environment will appreciate it if you whip up a simple, delicious meal at home. Just don’t forget to top it off with some fair-trade chocolate for dessert!