5 Tips For A Greener Valentine's Day

Every February 14, people start planning (or worrying) about what kind of gift to get their sweetheart, spouse, or special friends. I'm talking of Valentine's Day. Make the switch and and decide to get green this Valentine's Day!   This year, do it up in eco-friendly style

Here's 5 simple ways to get your green on this Valentine's day.

1. GO ORGANIC!  Flowers are a fantastic way to make someone feel special, but the standard flower  and greenhouse industry are huge polluters, using tons of pesticides and chemical fertilizers. Go organic! We love both Organic Bouquet & California Organic Flowers .  You can also try your local Whole Foods Market, Trader Joe's, or your local natural foods grocery for inexpensive organic bouquets. As far as the Valentine favorite, sexy lingerie, make it organic cotton for an eco-friendly and silky soft gift! ( Pi Organics) Or organic fabric gifts, which are touchably soft (like scarves from Beau Monde Organics *)  That, and a good bottle of organic wine (Paul Dolan Wines, Frey Vineyards ) is sure to put anyone in a romantic mood.
2. GO LOCAL, GO SMALL OR GO HOME!   Share a local domestic sparkling wine instead of a champagne from France. Take a short trip (or walk...or sleighride!) to your local neighborhood small business restaurant instead of going to a big chain restaurant or a distant destination. Get creative, and cook a romantic candlelit dinner at home, with an organic, vegetarian, vegan or even a raw-food themed feast. This supports local and small business, and means a lower carbon footprint, and lower cost!
3. GO GREEN CLEAN !  Clean up  your act with wonderful organic ingredient body washes, shower gels, lotions and soaps! Not only are they great for getting you in the mood to see your special someone, they all make fabulous gifts as well.  We like Pangea Organics and Bee Gorgeous Organics 
4. GO CUCKOO FOR COCOA!  Seriously, what is Valentine's Day without chocolate? (it's just sad, is what!) But what's really sad is chocolate that comes at the expense of exploitation of other human beings or of the earth. So make it organic & fair-trade instead, and you'll really have something special to give to someone.  Some of our recent favorites: Equal Exchange , Vivani and the amazing Chocovivo
5. GO RECYCLED!  If you give your sweetheart a Valentine card, make sure they are printed on paper that is at least some,  if not all, recycled content.  Give gifts that are vintage, or made from recycled materials. (Paloma Pottery)  Support an independent vintage business by shopping  Etsy

Go greener for a sweeter Valentine's Day!
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