Valentine’s Day has become all about showering those you love with candy, flowers and cards. This year try adding a little green to this traditionally red and pink holiday to show your love for the earth.
Tips for all gifts:
Whatever you are buying this Valentine’s Day, try to buy local. Supporting locally owned business puts money back into your community and reduces the impact on the environment by shrinking the number of miles the product travels to reach you.
Eco-Classroom Cards and Treats
- Make your own valentine cards with a card kit
- Buy recycled Valentine’s Day cards
- Try these recycled crayons
- Attach Yummy Earth Organic Lollipops to your valentines.
- Send an e-card.
- Make your own valentine cards using recycled items around your home and things from nature. This takes a bit more effort than purchasing the store bought cards-but if you have the energy, go for it
- Recycle all those cards once they have been read.
- Valentine’s Day marks the biggest shopping day of the year when it comes to chocolate and flowers. Look for the Fair Trade and organic certification on your chocolate and flowers.
- Flowers are a predictable and loved Valentine’s Day gift. But you can add a green twist to the conventional bouquet of flowers by giving a potted plant or flowers to those you adore.
- Buy organic and Fair Trade treats. Check out the yummy chocolate treats that Micaela over at Mindful Momma and Helga at Live Green Mom agree on for Valentine’s Day.
- Make your own chocolate treats to share using organic, fair trade chocolate, organic nuts and other candies.
- One of my favorite gift ideas is a DIY Valentine’s Fruit Sticker. Just download the PDF file onto sticker paper, peel off and stick on the fruit. Perfect for a surprise Valentine in a lunch box or brief case.
- Give the gift of a Lovers Essential Oil Kit from Mountain Rose Herbs-15% off for the month of February.
- Make a donation to an environmentally-friendly organization in honor of your loved ones.
Why not treat every day like Valentine’s Day? Each day is about all the small stuff-the small gestures and every day gifts that show you care for those you love and the earth you live on.
What eco-friendly ideas do you have for Valentine’s Day?
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