There are many choices these days for Valentines Day, but mainly these gifts are covered in plastic and made with other non eco friendly materials, which sort of spoils the whole concept of the day for some people.
So what can be done to make Valentines Day an eco friendly day?
Buy organic or local flowers. – Flowers from your local greenhouse or farm are fresher and more environmentally friendly than those shipped, flown and trucked into the U.S. from the far ends of Ecuador. Organic flowers, on the other hand, are easy to find online, at farmers’ markets (when not snowed in) and often at boutique flower shops in large cities. Why buy jet-lagged flowers at the cost of the environment or the health of workers when you can get fresher cleaner ones down the street?
The way to most hearts is through the stomach.
Make your lover a home-cooked meal with local or organic produce from your neighbourhood grocery store, or if you can’t boil water, take him or her out to a restaurant that focuses on local, seasonal, sustainable or vegetarian foods. (Check out some local foods stats, learn more about sustainable low mercury fish, and find sustainable recipes from celebrity chefs.)
Drink wine. Not too much. Mostly Californian.
Choose a USA-grown wine that’s either biodynamic or organic. They don’t cost much more — particularly in the era of discount wine markets — they don’t travel as far grape to table, and as an added bonus, organic wines are made without added sulphites, which makes them more friendly to people with asthma and those who are allergic to the common vino additive.
Get an organic couple’s massage or spa treatment.
Valentine’s Day is on Thursday so if you’re not leaving town, detox, purify and pamper at your local spa. Many big city spas already have organic or all-natural options for their treatments — so take them up on them!
Staycate or vacate (with style).
If you are taking a long weekend, either settle down to a low carbon staycation (nice warm bath, organic dark chocolate, local wax candles, followed by a homemade dinner for two following the guidelines in suggestion No. 2) or take the train to a nearby town to take part in low-impact activities like hiking, snowshoeing or cross-country skiing.
Source [The Daily Green]