Green Valentine's Day
Showing your love in a sustainable way is easy to accomplish!
CHOOSE SUSTAINABLE FLOWERS
250 million roses are grown each year for Valentine’s Day alone, according to the National Retail Federation. You can imagine how much waste this creates during the growing process and then a week later when they are wilted and done.
We like more sustainable flower options that can stay around and help the bees and beautify your yard! These organic flower kits are always popular, and this year our Rose Quartz air plants are a fun option that represent love!
Should you want something that makes more of a statement, these plantable flowers made of seed paper should do the trick! Not a flower fan? We love this plant-based lollipop bouquet!
BUY ECO-FRIENDLY JEWELRY
There are numerous environmental and human rights concerns when it comes to mining gold and diamonds. Make a safe choice by selecting something upcycled, recycled, or handmade.
These necklaces are made in Miami from recycled bottles.
SELECT A CONSCIOUS CARD
Conventional cards are made from paper that has most likely been bleached, dyed, and printed with harmful chemicals. These practices are not sustainable. Select a card that has been made from materials that are consciously forested.
Unbleached and recycled paper and plant-based inks are the way to go! We love this wood card, since it is meant to keep around!
We also love these handmade and recycled cards made in the South because they don’t leave anything unsaid.
If these aren’t just right, make your own card from seed paper or upcycled materials.
You will make someone’s night, other than your Valentine if you choose a local restaurant or activity to do! Local small businesses support the local economy, usually purchase from other small businesses like nearby farmers and linen launderers, and appreciate your business more than any chain will! It usually makes for a more memorable meal or activity and a personal touch!
RETHINK CONVENTIONAL CHOCOLATE AND CANDY
There are multiple concerns with mass-produced chocolate and candy. They are usually full of ingredients you won’t be able to pronounce and don’t want to eat! Conventional chocolate is usually made using unethical practices. Buy organic from a local confectionary or bakery, instead.
If you don’t have a local option, we love this fair trade and single-origin chocolate bourbon brittle from Nashville:
These plant-based lollipops made in New Jersey are packed with flavor:
Whatever you do, we hope you have fun and make at least one variation in your normal plans to have a more sustainable celebration!