Valentine’s Day is a great day to express your love to the ones around you. Flowers, chocolates and countless paper Valentines are the traditional Valentine’s Day gifts- but are not the most sustainable. If you are on the hunt for something more environmentally friendly, you’ve come to the right place. Check out our 5 tips below to be a more sustainable valentine this year!
1. Digital Valentines
Paper Valentines are one of the more wasteful parts of the holiday. You can easily substitute these for a digital version. There are many online resources to help you make these digital Valentines to send to your loved ones. Send them via email or any social media platform. You can spice up your Valentines even more by making an animated GIF. Now that’s something your paper Valentines couldn’t even do!
Every year a week or two after Valentine’s Day, countless amounts of flowers die and are thrown out. Why not opt for a Valentine’s gift that lasts longer? Plants can be just as beautiful and they bloom every year.Personalize this gift by decorating the pot with your names or other embellishments.
3. Homemade Treats
Valentine’s Day chocolates come in extravagant packaging that can contribute to waste in landfills. An alternative would be to make your own homemade treats and gift them in reusable packaging. There are many recipes online for fun Valentine’s Day sweets. You can even make some treats together as a Valentine’s Day date night.
4. Stay In
Reduce your carbon footprint this Valentine’s Day by not being one of the many couples that goes out. Have a date night in by cooking a romantic meal for your Valentine. Follow dinner with a movie or a game night. There are many other things you can do at home for a date night. This option is also more budget friendly for those who are watching their spending this Valentine’s Day.
5. Eat Local
Instead of going to a fancy chain restaurant for Valentine’s Day, try some local cuisine. Whether it’s a family owned diner or a local ice cream shop, you are sure to find something you love while supporting the members of your community.These are just a few of many ways that you can be sustainable this Valentine’s Day. Send us your take on our ideas or a fresh new tip.
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