Valentine's Day is about grand gestures. I'm all for it, but Valentine's can be a little wasteful. On February 14th, take an opportunity to bring a little green into this red and pink holiday. Here are our six suggestions:
- Maybe use fewer balloons. A room filled with heart-shaped balloons will make a big impression, but it will also leave a big footprint.
- Think about your flower choices! Those stunning long-stemmed red roses were shipped all the way from South America. We suggest buying local flowers. Even better, give your sweetie a local, native plant—it's a gift that will keep on giving!
- Chocolates pose several issues. First of all, make sure the chocolate is fair trade. Then you want to look at packaging. Some popular brands individually wrap each piece and that's a no-no. And if you can manage it, local sweets are sweeter than those that have traveled from Pennsylvania.
- Do you send out cards to everyone you love? Make sure they use recycled content and that they can be readily recycled. Even better, send those you love some kind of e-card!
- Valentine's Day often includes some kind of fancy meal. Whether you're going out or staying in, make sure you're eating locally-produced food.
- Have the kids in the family get creative with the Valentines they give their classmates and friends. You can do better than the fun-sized candy attached to cardstock with a cartoon character making a Valentine's pun. Those Valentines also waste a lot of material. Instead, give out heart-shaped erasers, homemade cookies, or something more heartfelt and personal.
However you like to celebrate, we hope our Green Neighbors have a great day. We love you!