VALENTINE’S DAY IS COMING UP – AND FAST! THIS YEAR, SURPRISE YOUR SIGNIFICANT OTHER WITH AN ALTERNATIVE, ECO-FRIENDLY I-LOVE-YOU…
As soon as February rolls around, there is no escaping the usual heart-shaped plastic boxes filled with candy, sugary chocolate, and plastic-wrapped bouquets of roses. While we all love giving and receiving gifts from the ones we love, it’s also important to not overlook the commercial, wasteful aspect of this romantic holiday. Lucky for you, we’ve compiled a list of environmentally conscious alternatives to the traditional V-day gift.
Roses are red…
What says love if not a dozen red roses? There’s no denying that a fresh bouquet of flowers is indeed beautiful, but also extremely wasteful when you think about the limited time it will be standing on your bedside table. A week if you’re lucky? Instead, try going for a potted plant like Pothos – a low-maintenance indoor plant that is well-known for its air-purifying quality. Now that’s an original, functional, and long-lasting token of your love!
The quintessential Valentine’s Day card
We all have those nostalgic memories of receiving dozens of valentines from our classmates at school. But one thing tops receiving a commercial Valentine’s Day card – a thoughtfully-crafted handmade one! Your sweetheart is sure to appreciate the effort taken into designing your one-of-a-kind special valentine.
Seasoned with love
Have you ever been in the middle of trying a new recipe and gasped at the quantity of sugar or other unhealthy ingredients? Being our own cook is the best way to knowing what you’re really consuming. Also, cooking speaks volumes about your love as opposed to a material gift. Go for a favourite meal or dessert, and nourish your partner with wholesome, simple ingredients.
Did somebody say chocolate?
It’s a fact that chocolate has long been a traditional aspect of Valentine’s Day. And being full of amazing health benefits, not to mention its sweet taste, there’s good reason to keep this tradition alive! However, make sure you read the labels when choosing your chocolate – opt for chocolate that’s low in refined sugar, preferably organic and fair-trade. Remember, supporting the farmers that treat our Earth with eco-friendly production methods is a win-win for both the environment and our own bodies.
We all make choices every day. Never underestimate the impact that small gestures can have over time.
HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY! HOW WILL YOU BE CELEBRATING THIS YEAR?