Green News: Putting Some Green Into Valentine’s Day!
With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, many of us will be shopping for chocolates, flowers, stuffed animals of all sizes and romantic cards. While we’re looking to impress that special someone, we should also try to show the environment some love as well.
Even though we are often thinking about making sure we’re keeping our significant others full on chocolate, smelling like roses and on the verge of crying from our romantic cards; sometimes the environment can be left in the cold. When you think about the impact these small acts can have, you may want to reconsider your plans. Whether its the environmental costs of the pesticides used in floral growth, the social costs of the cocoa used for your chocolate hearts, or the amount of deforestation caused by the printing of cards, a green valentines isn’t beyond your reach.
When you’re in the market for some flowers, do some quick research and find a local florist who offers organically grown flowers, such as Organic Bouquet. These flowers have been grown with the environment in mind and have typically been grown with natural pesticides and fertilizers. Secondly, if you’re in the market for a chocolate heart, bear, bunny, or some other edible animal, look for a fair trade chocolate treat. You can find some good fair trade options HERE. Finally, why not show love interest that you really care by finding a card that wasn’t the cause of deforestation. Why not save the trip to the local card shop and make your own card from recycled paper, or make a special, downloadable e-card that your special someone can save for years to come.
There’s lots of ways to show some love and be sustainable at the same time. This Valentine’s Day give the environment a little extra love. To read about more sustainable Valentine’s ideas, click HERE.