Valentine's Day is an undeniably a sweet holiday surrounded by feelings of warmth, love, and happiness. While the day's traditions don't necessarily make it a landmine of eco-sins, there are ways to make the holiday greener. From the sweets you choose to the cards your kids send, read on for six ways to make the holiday a Valentine to your family and Mother Earth as well.
Exchange Homemade/Recycled Cards or Send E-Cards
Making your own cards from newspapers, construction paper around the house, stamps, stickers, etc. allows you to use your resources and your creativity. Making keepsake Valentine crafts are also a great way to spend some quality art time with your kids (and the praise and adoration from grandparents is sure to please them as well). Sending e-cards is also a way to eliminate the paper. Some e-card companies offer interactive options, so kids can have fun picking or creating the perfect love note to their aunty.
Choose Eco-friendly Chocolates or Sweets
Sweets may be requisite on Valentine’s Day, but make sure the chocolate beneath those shiny red wrappers is green. One company we love is Divine Chocolates, and they are featuring chocolate hearts for Valentine’s Day, made with Fair Trade ingedients. For adults only, try some of Theo’s organic and Fair Trade aphrodisiac collection. Or splurge on Lagusta Luscious’s chocolate of the month club or her Anatomical Hearts, all of which are vegan, organic, and made with Fair Trade ingredients.
Swap Overhyped V-Day Dinner Dates for a Homemade Meal or Potluck Party
Skip the overpriced Lovers’ Special Prix Fixe at a local restaurant that likely features out-of-season produce. Instead make your own vegetarian Valentine’s Day feast using local ingredients. Finish on a sweet note with some vegan pudding or a dessert using citrus fruits, many of which are in season this time of year. Try some fun ingredients that are red such as goji berries or mix in some heart-healthy nuts or choose seasonal treats like sweet potatoes or acorn squash. Making the evening into a family affair, or even a pot luck with friends is a nice way to share the holiday with everyone.
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