The Green Blog
Will You Be My Green Valentine?

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It’s that time of year again. We walk into department stores and everything is doused in pink and red confetti with lace-trimmed hearts covering every surface. Teddy bears, chocolates and cards. Want to know how to be eco-friendly on this day of days? Here are a few ideas:

- Instead of buying a card to show your devotion, why not send an e-card instead? Or better yet, tell the one you love how much they mean to you in person. Not only is it more romantic, but it is also a very green thing to do. If you must send a paper card, opt for those made from recycled paper.

- If you’re planning to buy flowers this year, then try to find a local producer right now. Most flowers, especially roses, are shipped to the U.S. from South America, thousands of miles away. This wastes tons of gas and puts boatloads of Co2 into the air. Buying locally-grown flowers means that’s one less bouquet that has to be shipped that far.

- Going out for a romantic candle lit dinner? Why not support a local vegan restaurant with local produce, or better yet, whip up a homemade meal in your own home with locally-grown products. It will impress your date and save you a trip!

- Did you know there is such a thing as green chocolates? One trend in the chocolate industry that is pat of the green movement is the development and consumption of organic and fair trade chocolate. These chocolates can be found in most grocery stores now, and you can give your sweetheart the gift of sustainable chocolate without additives or chemicals. Read more here in our blog, Going Green with Chocolate.
- Girls love their diamonds, it’s true.  They really are our best friends.  However, if you are going to purchase one this year for your sweetheart, make sure that it is from a company that is “conflict free” and does not use slave labor to harvest them or is not mined in African war zones and sold to finance the conflicts and profit the warlords and the diamond companies across the world..  Read the Green Blog What is Responsible Jewelry to learn more about conflict gemstones and the impact mining has on the socio-economic world and the environment.

- Beware of over-dosing on the eau de toilette!  The last thing you want to do is be the Looney Toons’ skunk Pepe Le Pew.  In fact, it would be best to skip this step.  The chemicals in perfume and cologne are bad for you to breathe in, and the fragrances are also not very friendly.  In addition, many perfume bottles are not recyclable and have to go into landfills, remaining there for a very long time.  The rough estimate, compiled from U.S. National Park Service, United States Composting Council, New Hampshire Department of Environmental Sciences, and the New York City government say one million years! Try going with a natural essential oil that is safer, more pleasant to the nostrils and packaged in an eco-friendly container.  (Remember, ladies, men have an incredibly sensitive sense of smell. You don’t want to overpower them with ten flowery fruity sprays.  Put a dab of the oil on the area of the neck beneath the earlobe and on your wrists.  That will do the trick!  Less is more!)

With these tips, you and the environment can have a happy Valentine’s Day!

Also, see 5 Eco-Friendly Valentine's Day Gift Ideas

Source:  Divine Caroline