How many cards do you think are sold for Valentines day? That’s easy, about a billion. The real question is how many of those are recycled? And isn’t the saying REDUCE, reuse, recycle? Spending three bucks on a completely unoriginal, non-unique card just so they can read it once, toss it aside, and get to the good stuff is probably not the best reduce method. Send an e-card, or better yet, use your big kid words and tell them you love them! I’m sure you could get the point across just as good if not better than some guy named Earl at Hallmark can, (no offense Earl). Don’t get me wrong, I am by no means a Valentines Grinch. I just think that on a holiday about love we should consider the planet we love as well. So here is a list of the usual gifts given on February 14th, and a couple of eco-friendly/socially aware alternatives…
1. Chocolates!- Instead of the the ridiculous, lace trimmed, $20 box of Russel Stovers (or the $60 box of Godiva’s) try these “Life is Sweet” chocolates from OrganicBouquet.com. They are USDA certified organic, fair trade certified, packaged in recyclable and biodegradable materials, and some of the proceeds go to non-profit programs. Or for the fellow Rhode Islanders that want to keep it local, check out Ocean State Chocolates and Confections. They use fresh and local ingredients in all of their chocolates. And if you want to give a truly unique gift, sign your sweetheart up for one of their chocolate classes that teach how to use chocolate in all kinds of cooking.
2. Stuffed Animals- Personally, I am not a fan of stuffed animals, but the TofuBear is actually pretty cute. He is made out of soy silk, (made from the residue left over from tofu manufacturing). This makes him free of any petrochemicals, he’s made from a comletely renewable resource, and is totally biodegradable. PLUS he’s super soft and machine washable. Teddy bear too cliche? They have goats, bunnies, even a ram.
3. Flowers- Instead of ordering a bouquet of flowers online and having them delivered to your valentines home or work, be considerate to momma nature and just buy local and hand deliver. Again, its much better get flowers from your actual Valentine than from the Fed-Ex guy. Maybe instead of a bunch of flowers that are going to die anyways, you could try a potted plant. Keeping plants in the home or office is good for the mind and body (thank you Treehugger). OR you can do even better than that and plant a tree in the name of love. How romantical.
Hopefully I have given you somewhat of a headstart on a more eco-aware Valentines day. Anybody have any other Valentine alternatives to add?
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