Have you ever thought about giving someone and eco friendly Valentine’s Day gift? Have you considered the source of the flowers and chocolates you give and receive on Valentine’s Day? Valentines Day has become a highly commercialized holiday. Companies use the holiday to make money and they don’t necessarily care about the quality of the products they are selling or how their products affect consumers’ health or the environment.
Give organic, fair trade Valentine’s Day chocolates
There are entire aisles in the grocery store dedicated to this sugary holiday that are stocked with individually wrapped chocolates. You can find candies in heart shapes, rose shapes and even cupid shapes. These specially moulded chocolates may contain wax to help the candies hold their shape. Do you want to give your loved ones wax as part of your Valentine’s Day gift? Look for organic fair trade chocolates for the ones you care about.
How to find eco friendly Valentine’s Day flowers
The flower industry is booming on this day in February (when roses are not necessarily in season). This means that greenhouses (mainly in South America) are providing genetically modified flowers (that are chemically treated to preserve “freshness”) to consumers in North America. People may not be aware of where their flowers are coming from, but this article about eco friendly Valentine’s Day flowers shines some light on the truth behind where most Valentine’s Day flowers come from. There hopefully will be more awareness of the flower industry’s situation that will result in a shift to promoting locally grown and in season flowers for Valentine’s Day and other flower giving occasions.
Other Eco Friendly Valentine’s Day Activities
Go on a romantic outing
Hiking or snowshoeing through the mountains. Get cuddly with your honey. Sit by an open fire and take in the beauty of the outdoors. Retreat away from the commercial holiday and truly appreciate your significant other and how natural your love is. Here is a list of ski resorts that are accessible to snowshoers on a romantic getaway.
Make a gift basket for your special someone filled with organic products
- A spa basket including luxury matching bamboo bathrobes and organic bath products.
- A basket full of healthy Valentine’s Day treats (some recipes from our last blog post)
- A locally sourced picnic basket with items from your area such as local wine, cheese, fruit and bread. Maybe even some fair trade chocolates to sweeten things up.
Plan a romantic getaway at an eco friendly hotel or resort
February isn’t the best month to plan a camping trip, but you don’t have to set up a tent beneath the trees to stay somewhere eco friendly. There are hotels and resorts that are dedicated to running their establishments with green practices. From the linens they use, the energy and location. This ecotourism website can locate some beautiful resorts in North America that focus on being kind to their guests and to the environment.
This blog post is not meant to bash on Valentine’s Day, but rather to provide some ideas for how to celebrate this holiday in a way that is good for the ones you love and for the planet. Hopefully these eco friendly Valentine’s Day gift ideas have given you some great ideas for what to do for your special someone this year.