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My Funny Green Valentine.

With Valentine's Day right around the corner, now is the time to start planning how you can make Valentine's Day lovely for your sweetheart and the environment. There are several ways to make Valentine's Day Eco friendly that are simple, affordable and that will let your sweetie know that you were thinking of them.


Valentine Cards:

Did you know that over 1 billion Valentine cards are exchanged worldwide every Valentine's Day? That is a lot of trees being used for cards, that in most cases are simple thrown away or recycled once the day is over. With this in mind, consider alternatives when shopping for Valentine's Day cards such as; tree free blooming cards, 100% recycled post consumer cards printed with soy or vegetable ink, sustainable wooden cards or e cards.

Give a Gift that Gives Back:

If you will be purchasing a lovely gift for your significant other, spouse, child or friend this Valentine's Day, think of gifts that give back. Organizations such Ten Thousand Villages and Novica work with artisan groups throughout the world to bring you fair trade jewelry, home decor and other lovely gift ideas. The best part, fair trade enables artisans in other countries to earn a fair wage and it provides them with the opportunity to live a better quality of life.

If your sweetie has a soft spot for animals or loves the great outdoors? You may want to consider making a donation to her favorite charity in her name. Some charities to consider would be the ASPCA, The Human Society or The Nature Conservancy.

Gifts for Kids:

Have you noticed how many Valentine's Day goodies are on the shelves of your local retail and grocery stores? When purchasing a sweet treat for your little one this holiday, forgo anything packaged in plastic, containers that aren't recyclable or trinkets that will simply be thrown away once the holiday is over. Instead, choose a lovely handmade heirloom gift from one of the lovely artists at Etsy. You can find local Etsy artists in your area, by clicking here and entering your zipcode. Shopping locally is good for your town and the environment.

Another option is to create a gift yourself. Use pieces of clothing or linen that was headed to the donation bin to create a stuffed friend that your child will love and cherish. You don't have to be crafty to create something your child will love. I have minimal sewing experience and was able to craft my son a little owl {title picture} that he absolutely adores.

If crafting isn't your thing, consider creating a game for your little one's enjoyment. Each Valentine's Day my son comes home from school to find a Valentine's scavenger hunt. I hide hearts throughout our home and yard with rhyming clues on them. After he has collected all of the clues, he will find a surprise stack of gifts {books} for him to open. This is a tradition that we have shared since he was a toddler and he still thinks it is so much fun to search for and find each clue.

A Holistic Gift:

If you want to pamper your loved one this Valentine's Day, consider giving them a gift certificate for a day at a local, chemical free spa. Nothing says I love you like a holistic spa treatment or massage. This is an excellent gift if your loved one needs a quiet break to sit back, relax and clear their mind and soul.

Chocolates:

Did you know that over 36 million chocolates are given as gifts each Valentine's Day in the United States? Make your chocolate gift both organic and fair trade by purchasing something yummy from Endangered Species Chocolate, Green and Blacks or Equal Exchange. Again when you choose to purchase fair trade chocolate, you support cocoa bean farmers by providing a fair wage and a better quality of life for them and their families.

Flowers:

If you plan on sending flowers to your sweetie this Valentine's Day, consider the cost to the environment. Choose flowers that are grown locally and organically, rather than flowers that have been shipped thousands of miles to your area or sprayed with harsh pesticides. You can find sustainably grown flowers in your area at VeriFlora. Another option, choose a beautiful flowering organic potted plant instead of flowers. Your recipient will enjoy a potted plant all year long, this will also save the cut flowers from finding their way to the compost bin or garbage can.

Getting Engaged?:

If you are going to ask your sweetheart to marry you this Valentine's Day, purchase an Eco friendly engagement ring. There are many beautiful options available to choose from including; a conflict free diamond ring, a lovely sustainable wooden ring or my favorite a vintage or family heirloom ring.

Valentine's Day Dinner:

To make your Valentine's Day dinner romantic and Earth friendly make reservations at a local restaurant that serves organic, local and delicious foods. You could also plan a date night at home with a meal that you planned and prepared with local organic ingredients. Have dinner in an usual place, such as in front of the fireplace or on your front porch. Light beeswax candles and open a bottle of lovely organic or biodynamic wine and enjoy each other's company in the quiet of your own home.

What are your Green Valentine's Day plan?

What ways will you make this Valentine's Day Earth friendly?

 


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