Perhaps you’re searching for ways to make the day special for your someone special. Or you’re more of a Galentine’s Day person. Read on for 6 tips for a sustainable Valentines Day.
But fret not, sweet Juliet! (Sorry – Shakespeare goes hand in hand with Valentine’s Day as far as we’re concerned!) We have 6 ways that you can spread the love without ditching your planet-friendly principles.
Showing someone how much you appreciate them doesn’t have to mean handing over a wrapped present. Gifting an experience can have just as much meaning, and be longer-lasting than a box of chocolates.
Tingly.com has an incredible list of sustainable gift experiences, from cookery lessons to glacier hiking – whatever floats your boat. For every gift you buy, they offset the CO2 and remove and recycle 5kg of waste plastic from natural environments.
We also love their tagline: “Give stories, not stuff.”
If you really can’t last Feb 14th without chocolate, then make sure you go Fair Trade. Much has been written about the impact of the chocolate industry on the planet and the people who work in it. So it’s worth thinking a little before you throw a bar in the trolley on your Tesco run.
Say it With Flowers
Valentine’s day and fresh flowers go hand in hand. But the flower industry is not generally thought of as sustainable- when you factor in air miles, heating greenhouses, and waste.
So, find a local florist who purchases ethically (and locally), or ditch the tradition altogether and consider longer-lasting floral art, or something more imaginative from Etsy like this belljar.
We also love Bloom & Wild for a super easy way to buy flowers, and did you know they haven’t sent anything to landfill for FIVE years!
We hate waste. So we make sure our warehouses send zero waste to landfill. In fact, we’ve sent nothing to landfill for the last 5 years! Wondering how?Bloom & Wild
Plant a Tree
If you like the flora theme, but don’t have room for more art and you can’t keep pot plants alive for more than 5 minutes, then Treedom has the perfect solution for you.
Not only can you plant a tree for your loved one, but you can choose a species that fits a particular message. Then you get sent diary updates of your tree, from nursery to sapling and beyond!
For those of you looking to purchase something more sparkly for your soulmate, there are tiny and talented ethical jewellery makers popping up all over the place. Visit London-based Otiumberg for gorgeous pieces created with recycled metals.
If you’re thinking of popping the question we LOVE the idea of dumping diamonds altogether and using lab grown diamonds or moissanite.
Expressing your love shouldn’t cost the earth, but it doesn’t have to cost anything at all!
Pack a picnic (in planet-friendly bento boxes of course!), grab a blanket, and walk up a hill. Brave the beach in February for an outdoor swim (take hot chocolate for afterwards!). Sit on a bench in your local park and people watch whilst reconnecting with each other.
However you spend Valentines Day, we’re sending you all lots of love 😘