SHOW THE PLANET SOME LOVE AS WELL THIS VALENTINE’S DAY
Updated: July 19, 2021
Who doesn’t love love? I think we could all use a little extra love and care in our lives, so why not express it on Valentine’s Day?
Yes, yes, I know. Valentine’s Day is a “Hallmark” Holiday and is rooted in excessive consumerism and waste. That doesn’t mean we can’t celebrate our loved ones! We, as the consumers, can change our celebration practices and make this (and any) holiday align with our values
No romantic partner? No worries! Celebrate with your family, friends, or fur-friends instead. Platonic love is just as important and worth celebrating.
1. Buy Fair or Direct Trade Valentine’s Day Chocolate
What says “Valentine’s Day” more than a lovely box of chocolates? There are TONS of options in our stores, and even more artisanal shops producing fair or direct trade chocolates. Keep the slave labour out of and fairer wages in our favourite treats while you give a delicious gift to your loved ones. Check out this link for a list of more ethical chocolate brands!
2. Flowers Wrapped in Paper or a Living Plant
Flowers are a lovely addition to any celebration. They brighten any space, adding colour and joy to our homes! We can also compost them when the time comes. Unfortunately, many come wrapped in plastic. Thankfully, some florists are willing to wrap their flowers in paper. Ask your local florists if they have a paper option or if they can simply omit the plastic wrap!
Another option is gifting a living plant. Did you know that being around plants increases a person’s mental well-being? Seeing greenery and being around nature calms our minds and sets us at ease. Plus, It’ll brighten up their space for years to come! Try an “easy” plant like a spider, pothos, jade, or snake plant if they’re not yet botanically-inclined!
3. Skip the Valentine’s Day Card
Around 145 million cards are purchased and sent out on Valentine’s Day. And, you guessed it, most will end up in the trash on their way to landfills. So maybe just skip the card this year? You can still tell people you love them! Send an email, call them, or send an e-card instead!
If you REALLY want to send a card out, try to look for one made from recycled materials and be sure to recycle the card when you’re done. Avoid glitter, metallic shiny pieces, and other bling as they make the card non-recyclable! To find out why glitter is so problematic, check out this post!
4. Don’t use Wrapping Paper
Similar to cards, wrapping paper is a big expense and is rarely recycled. There are also some really great and eco-friendly options! You can reuse gift bags, use fabric, or wrap in plain brown paper. Avoid paper with metallic accents, glitter, or other pieces of “bling,” as this makes the paper non-recyclable!
5. Spend Time Together
This seems easy, but people don’t really do this very often. We get caught up in the hustle and bustle of our day-to-day, forgetting to spend quality time with the people who mean the most to us. Go for a walk, make dinner, play a board game, video call, or have a movie night together. It doesn’t have to be an extravagant or grand gesture to be meaningful. At the end of the day, all that matters is the time we spend with each other.
6. Bake a Delicious Valentine’s Day Treat
Who doesn’t love some fresh brownies, cookies, cake, muffins, cupcakes, etc.? This time of year, I love making all of these things in red velvet or cinnamon flavours.
Not a baker? No worries and don’t stress yourself out! Grab some goodies from a local bakery. I’m sure no one is going to complain if their treats are bought or made!