This Valentine's Day, let's show the planet some love! Read on for 5 tips for an eco-friendly Valentine's Day.
Tip #1: Gifts
In lieu of buying a gift that will likely end up in the landfill later, consider giving an experience instead! Give your loved one the gift of quality time, a massage, or go on a hike together. You can also plan something fun for a future date, such as a concert or a trip, and "give" it to them on February 14th. The memories will last forever!
Tip #2: Cards
Instead of buying a card that will probably just be thrown away, consider writing a heartfelt poem or love letter. This will be something your loved one will cherish for years to come.
Tip #3: Homemade Goodies
Make homemade goodies instead of buying packaged sweets. Skip out on the unnecessary plastic that's polluting the environment.
Bonus: you could even spend some quality time and make your Valentine's treats together!
Tip #4: Flowers
Give flowers that will last. We all know how quickly cut flowers can wilt away and die. But did you know that the cut flower industry is environmentally destructive? Unless you're buying local, organic flowers, most cut flowers are imported from other countries where, in order to support their short grow cycle, environmentally harmful pesticides are used in copious amounts.
An alternative to cut flowers would be to give a potted plant, or flowers than can be planted outside in the garden in the spring!
Tip #5: Chocolate
Chocolates are a classic Valentine's Day gift. Here's a tip to give chocolates in a more eco-friendly and creative way: Using a reusable bag, buy your loved one's favorite chocolates from the bulk bin at your local grocery store, and present them in a mason jar, or other reusable container. Tie it up with fabric ribbon or twine for a cute touch!
We hope these tips help you feel inspired to have a green Valentine's Day! If you decide to put any of these tips into action, share it with us on Instagram by tagging @ricelovebags!
The Rice Love Team