Valentines Day, or as we at tentree like to call it, Valenpines Day, is one of our favorite days of the year. We love to celebrate love and the special people in our lives. But we also love the environment, and we know that some aspects of Valenpines Day aren’t exactly eco friendly. But what can we do about it?
Here are some ideas for having an eco friendly Valentines Day.
Forget the fancy restaurant
Spending Valentines at a fancy restaurant with your special someone is super romantic, but it can also be super wasteful. Restaurants have high energy footprints, often use single-use take out containers, and create more food waste than is really needed. Choosing to skip the restaurant and cook a romantic meal at home also saves you quite a bit of cash too.
Find a zero waste way to say ‘I love you’
There are lots of ways to say ‘I love you’ on Valentines Day. You don’t necessarily need to buy a plastic box of chocolates or a Valentines Day card that’s just going to wind up in the recycle bin. Consider different ways to say ‘I love you’ without all the waste.
Grab a second hand gift
Every year, countless Valentines Day stuffed animals and other gifts are made. As a result, many of these wind up being donated to thrift stores. Picking up a second hand gift is equally as thoughtful as buying something new, it’s less expensive, and it’s better for the planet too.
Go with organic flowers
A bouquet of flowers is a great way to show a special someone in your life that you care, but beware, not all flowers are good for the environment! In 2018, Greenpeace Netherlands found 43 different pesticides present on floral arrangements. Scary! Don’t give your special someone a bouquet of pesticide-covered flowers. Find a local florist who carries organic flowers. Easier on the environment and healthier for you too.
Have a meatless Valentines dinner
Whether you’ve decided to cook a romantic dinner at home or book a reservation at a restaurant, consider having a meatless Valentines Day dinner. Going meatless periodically is healthy for you and reduces the burden on the planet that farming meat places on it. Everybody wins!
Plant a tree for your lover
When we celebrate special days, like births and marriages, trees often get planted to commemorate these moments. It can be the same for Valentines Day too! Plant a tree with your lover and as your love grows, so too can you watch your tree grow. What could possibly be better that that? Your tree will provide food and a place to live for wildlife and oxygen for you!