Valentine’s Day is the day to share your feelings and express your love to the special ones in your life, but if you want to share some love with the environment and add a little bit of “green” to the occasion too, consider these wisest of choices:
- Cards – did you know that the purchase of Valentine’s Day cards ranks #2 just behind Christmas?!? One BILLION cards per year, in fact! So consider buying only cards printed on recycled paper or paper alternatives (hint: the backs of cards reveal their content).
- Chocolates – always a favorite, make sure those you purchase are organic and fair-trade so you’re assured that there hasn’t been destruction and risky/unfair practices used in order to give your beloved a sweet treat.
- Flowers – buy locally-grown flowers and those you know haven’t been doused with harsh pesticides and chemicals that are harmful to the environment and growers, or have been flown in from some other region of the globe. When the recipient takes a whiff, you want to be sure the scent is pure sweetness and it isn’t covered in chemicals and preservatives from its long, long trip to your florist. Also consider live, locally-grown plants as another option.
- Body products – pick products that are made with organic & natural ingredients and minerals (like Kiss My Face), instead of those containing harsh additives, colorings and chemicals.
- Jewelry – forget the mass-produced jewelry found in commercial jewelry stores and instead opt for something that is locally-made or a choice that helps others through your purchase (see Hands Up Not Hand Outs to see exactly what I mean!)
- Soy and beeswax candles – avoid pollutants and toxins expelled by many candle products and choose only soy or beeswax options.
- Create something – no one ever said you needed to buy a thing to express your love, so make a card, write a poem, create something special and it will often mean more than anything you could buy, and you often need look no further than your own home!
- Wine – choose organic and/or locally-produced wines. They do exist, and all you need to do it ask!
- Restaurants – make sure your romantic dinner “out” supports a restaurant that is environmentally conscious, eco-friendly or even certified organic. For my fellow Clevelanders, visit The Greenhouse Tavern: Ohio’s first certified green restaurant.
- Organic dinner – dine in and make a completely organic dinner. When you select the ingredients, you know that there is only “goodness” contained in your meal.
Ahh, yes… Valentine’s Day. The holiday of love… just make sure your expression of “red-hot love” has a little bit of “green” intertwined too… what you do after that, well… you’re all on your own!