With over 180 million Valentine’s Day cards being exchanged along with countless other gifts, it inevitably results in a great deal of waste. St. Valentines Day is just another opportunity to exercise sustainability and keep as much trash as possible out of a dumpster.
Here Are 7 Ways to Give Green this Valentine’s Day:
Buy Local: Regardless of what you purchase as a gift, it is important to do your shopping at some place near where you live. This not only promotes sustainability but also cut down on waste.
Skip The Card: It is time to move away from this paper waster tradition! Send all of your Valentine’s cards electronically. It will be more convenient and you get a chance to be creative with personalizing your cards. Or just skip the card and write a love note on the bathroom mirror.
Have a Candlelight Dinner: Turn down the lights and treat your Valentine to a homemade, locally sourced candlelight dinner at home. You can’t go wrong with this one, unless the dog wouldn’t even eat something you cooked. If you choose to eat out, try to choose a restaurant close to home that sources its food locally and employs sustainable practices.
Buy Flowers: This is a Valentine’s Day essential. If you buy organically raised flowers, you can feel a little better about your Valentine’s gesture. Better yet give your Valentine a potted plant, though it may last longer than your relationship.
Prepare Edible Gifts: You’ll save money and create less waste when you make your Valentine cookies or another Valentine’s Day treat. You’ll know you did a good job when there aren’t any leftovers.
Buy Your Valentine Jewelry: Now if you make the decision to pony up for some bling, make certain the gems and precious metals are eco-friendly certified.
Spend Time Together Outdoors: Even if you live somewhere cold and snowy, you can treat your Valentine to an outdoor adventure such as ice skating, sledding or a beautiful hike through the woods. Be sure to use each other to keep warm – it will definitely bring you closer together!
Over 13 billion dollars will be spent on Valentine’s Day this year and it is your choice what you decide to spend your money on. Going green for Valentine’s Day may earn you a special place in your loved one’s heart and it will certainly save you some green in your wallet.
We’d love to know how you plan to give green this Valentine’s Day! Leave us a comment below and we promise not to spoil the surprise.