This Valentine's Day, let's show Mother Earth some love! The holiday can often come along with a lot of unnecessary plastic packaging, but we're here to show you how you can still celebrate the day of love in a sustainable way.
Here are 5 tips for a more earth-loving V-day:
1. Give Experiences instead of Things
Sometimes we have a really special gift in mind for someone, but sometimes we don't, and we end up buying a gift just to buy one! These are the kinds of gifts that will most likely end up being tossed out later.
In lieu of buying an unnecessary gift, consider giving an experience instead. Spend quality time together, give a massage, go on a hike, a picnic, or see a movie. You can also plan a special experience for a future date, but "give" it to your loved one on that day.
2. Write a Love Letter
Instead of buying a card from the store that may just be thrown away later, consider hand writing a heartfelt poem or love letter. This will be something your loved one will cherish for years to come.
3. Make Homemade Goodies
Make Valentine's treats at home instead of buying packaged sweets from the store! Bonus: You could even make them together with your loved one for some quality time.
4. Give Flowers that Last
Give flowers that will last! Instead of giving cut flowers, consider giving a potted plant, or flowers that can be planted outside in the garden. They will not only last longer, but they're also more environmentally friendly.
Just be sure not to let your love fern die ; )
5. Give Waste-Free Chocolates
Chocolate is a given on Valentine's Day. Here's a suggestion to still enjoy chocolates on the 14th, while creating less waste: Using a reusable bag, buy chocolates from the bulk section of your local grocery store. You can present the candy to your loved one in a mason jar, or other reusable container, and tie up with some twine or fabric ribbon for a nice touch! Delicious, and waste-free :)
Thanks for reading! We hope these tips have inspired you to have a more eco-friendly Valentine's Day. If you decide to put any of these tips into action, we'd love to see it! Tag us on Instagram @proteazerowaste!
The Protea Team