This Valentine’s Day, we’re crushing on Mother Earth. Showing love to ourselves, our romantic partners and our friends and family makes the world a better place, but we will have nowhere to spread this love if we don’t protect our planet.
We’re challenging ourselves and you to celebrate love more sustainably this year. Here are some tips on how to love with an eco-attitude this Valentine’s Day.
Ditch the cut flowers for an everlasting sustainable gift.
Last year consumers spent more than $20 billion on Valentine’s Day, including nearly $2 billion in cut flowers. Each day for the three weeks leading up to Valentine’s Day, 30 cargo jets will fly from Colombia to Miami, delivering more than 15,000 tons of flowers. From there, the flowers are shipped out in refrigerated trucks, emitting hundreds of thousands of tons of carbon dioxide. The result? A lot of strain on the environment for a short moment of joy. This year, we will be opting for gifts that show thoughtfulness for both our loved ones and our planet. Here are just a few ideas:
- Be-leaf in love and our planet and send living plants this Valentine’s Day. We love these arrangements from our friends at Bloomscape.
- For the sweet that loves sweets, consider a lollipop from Amborella Organics. This company makes seed-bearing lollipops that you can grow into a plant. After devouring the candy, you can plant the biodegradable stick in soil horizontally, cover with a layer of topsoil, water daily, and grow an herb or flower.
- Donate to protecting our planet in your significant other’s name. Try adopting a koala in Australia where your funds will go to rescuing and treating injured animals or donate to one of these carbon-reducing projects.
Celebrate love with these eco-friendly date ideas.
- Spend some time outside. Research shows nature helps connect us to each other. In one study, 95% of those interviewed said their mood improved after spending time outside, changing from depressed, stressed, and anxious to more calm and balanced. Take a walk with your loved one and look for hearts hidden in nature. Love is all around us!
- Reduce your carbon footprint by cooking a meatless dinner for two at home with eco-friendly cookware. We love these vegan recipes.
Swap out snail mail for e-cards.
Americans buy 6.5 million greeting cards each year. Not only does this require cutting down trees, but getting cards from point A to B emits tremendous amounts of carbon dioxide. An email leaves just one-sixtieth of the carbon footprint of a letter, so this year, we’re sending sustainable (e)co cards to our loved ones. Text them, email them, slide into their DMs—the important thing is showing you care.
Looking for even more ways to reduce your carbon footprint this Valentine’s Day? Spend the weekend spooning your loved one.