Valentine’s Day is fast approaching! Here are some ways to make your V-day plans eco-friendly on a budget.
In lieu of those generic chocolates in crude heart shaped boxes, opt for chocolates bought in bulk. You can arrange the chocolates in a mason jar, and fasten it with a ribbon with a heartfelt note to give to your valentine. Not only will you reduce your carbon footprint, you can hand pick the candy you know your sweetie will love. It’s really a win-win.
Rather than buying cut flowers that will inevitably die in a week, consider buying your valentine a potted plant. There are many benefits associated with having an indoor plant, including temperature/humidity regulation and carbon dioxide reduction. Also, you can nurture a plant to help it grow and thrive…. Which is basically the cutest metaphor ever for your ~love~. Would you want your relationship to shrivel up and die in a week? I didn’t think so.
Instead of a fancy (read: expensive) dinner at a fancy (read: snooty) restaurant, try making a tasty three-course meal with you V-day date. You can make an outing of going to a local farmers market and picking out seasonal ingredients. Once you get back home, turn on some suave music and get cooking. Cooking is an excellent way to bond with one another, and you’ll save a couple bucks in the process. A sample seasonal menu could be:
- Roasted Butternut Squash Soup
- Almond Crusted Chicken with Brussels Sprouts
- Single Serving Apple Crisp in a Ramekin
Once again, GO LOCAL when it comes to alcohol. Check out some local wineries or breweries to find a drink that tickles your fancy. Don’t have time for that? Opt for wine in a recyclable cardboard box. I know, I know, but hear me out. Boxed wines produce up to 85% less waste than traditional bottled wines, and they can be safely transported to just about any location a date may take you (a romantic evening hike followed by a nice red while you watch the sunset? Check!) I am a big fan of Bota Box wines; they are BPA free and 100% recyclable.
The Birds and the Bees
Listen, it’s no secret that Valentine’s Day is one of the ~sexiest~ holidays. Using Sustain Products is one eco-friendly way to get down with the person you love (or the person you’re hooking up with, your FWB…. Y’all know I don’t judge). These awesome condoms are made in a responsible and sustainable way. They are certified by the Fair Trade Rubber Association, certified Vegan and non-GMO (read: no sketchy chemicals in your most intimate parts), and are never tested on animals. Also, 10% of their company profits go to women who don’t have access to publicly funded reproductive health and family planning services!!! You can purchase Sustain products here. They are also sold at Whole Foods, Sprouts, TARGET, and other natural-minded retailers.
And there you have it! I hope all of you lovely people have a great and environmentally mindful Valentines Day. What if you don’t have a S.O. with whom to share this day with??? Don’t fret! Here are a few ways to have an eco-friendly Galentines Day for all of you fabulously single ladies (and guys!) out there.