Why don’t you do something different this valentine’s day and go green. If you don’t know what it means, here are few examples.
Many perfume fragrances are synthetic and often made from toxic petrochemicals derived from crude oil. There are more earth friendly alternatives and it is easy to make your own natural perfume too. Why don’t you give a natural perfume or fragrance to your love?
There are also plenty of organic flowers available, and they are beautiful, year-round gifts, which add life to homes and offices. Purchase plants grown where you live, so you are not contributing to the use of resources and greenhouse gas emissions of air shipping of imported flowers.
Make your own gift card from a recyclable paper or send an e-mail gift card. If you want to buy one, choose a locally made card, rather than one that has been mass-produced, and choose one without glitter because those are recyclable.
It is hard to imagine Valentine’s Day without chocolate, right? Everybody loves chocolate. It tastes excellent and it makes you feel good. But chocolate is produced in some of the most economically disadvantaged regions of the world. Cocoa bean farmers find themselves under tremendous price pressure from buying cartels. The result is institutionalized poverty and an alarming reliance on abusive child labor. The solution for responsible consumers is Fair Trade cocoa and chocolate. Fair Trade certification guarantees that cocoa farmers receive a guaranteed floor price of at least 50 cents for non-organic cocoa, and a premium for meeting organic standards.
We have given you some specific suggestions for greener Valentine’s day, but there must be dozens more. Use your imagination. Romance is about being spontaneous, inventive, and it’s about the personal touch.
Whatever you decide to do, don't forget to use reusable bags, bottles or recyclable containers. Remember, you are giving green love for Valentine’s day.
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