Love and sustainability are in the air this February.
As everyone looks for romantic ways to spend Valentine’s Day, there’s an influx of glitter cards, candy hearts, and balloons, teddy bears, gifts, and chocolate being sold.
And while all those things might be good for the soul, they can be quite damaging to the environment as many of the gifts aren’t recyclable.
Thankfully, OnlyOrganic rounded up several ways to ensure that we show the planet some love this Hallmark holiday!
The outlet notes that cocoa beans have some of the highest pesticide loads of any crop, but are still used in farming due to weak regulations. However, by buying organic chocolate, you’re purchasing a rich treat that’s free of pesticides, synthetic fertilizers, and GMO. Doesn't that sound delicious?
When it comes to eating out or ordering it, find restaurants that source local organic food. You can use various finder apps or search “organic ingredients” on Yelp to pinpoint sustainable restaurants.
With COVID-19 still posing a threat, you can skip the crowds and make a delicious meal at home using sustainably-sourced ingredients! If you’re looking for some inspiration, you can find organic recipes at Stonyfield, Organic Valley, and Pete & Gerry’s!
And don’t forget about dessert! A sweet treat can also be sweet for the environment. You can find a handful of recipes through OnlyOrganic!
Make Your Valentine’s Day Card
WiseGeek reports that roughly 1 billion Valentine’s Day cards are exchanged yearly, and most of them end up right in the trash. Making a homemade card is not only thoughtful and more personal, but it allows you to get creative and recycle what you already have at home!
Get the Kids Involved
Valentine’s Day isn’t just for adults – kids can get in on the fun with arts and crafts. NaturesPath has plenty of engaging activities that can be fun for the whole family. You can use melted crayons to create hearts, write letters, paint and hide rocks to spread the love around the neighborhood, and even make heart-shaped bird feeders.
Give the Gift of Self-Care
Instead of buying throwaway gifts, give the gift of sustainable beauty with products that will pamper your significant other, friends, family, and loved ones. You can find inspiration at The Detox Market.
Plan a Staycation
There is so much to do right in your hometown, why not explore your own backyard this Valentine's Day? Staycations allow you to be a tourist in your own city/town, support local businesses, and reduce carbon emissions. The planet (and your wallet) will thank you.
Skip the Flowers
Bouquets are beautiful statement pieces, but ultimately, the stems die and they end up in the trash within a week. Plants make a house a home, so while it might require a bit more care and attention, gifting a long-term houseplants or succulents might be a better investment. Not only are plants aesthetically pleasing, they can also benefit the environment. You can find more information here about which household plants are the best at absorbing carbon dioxide and converting it to fresh oxygen!
If you’re feeling adventurous, you can even plant a tree! According to GreenPop, there are many benefits of planting trees as they clean the air, prevent soil erosion, conserve water, provide shelters for wildlife, and much more.
For more ideas on how you can save the planet, visit 1Thing.